The Palgrave Schopenhauer Handbook

  • Sandra Shapshay

Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism book series (PHGI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Sandra Shapshay
    Pages 1-7
  3. The Development of Schopenhauer’s System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Wolfgang-Rainer Mann
      Pages 43-63
    3. Günter Zöller
      Pages 65-84
    4. Martina Kurbel
      Pages 85-104
  4. Epistemology and Metaphysics

  5. Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Judith Norman
      Pages 197-212
  6. Ethical and Political Thought

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Colin Marshall
      Pages 239-259
    3. Gudrun von Tevenar
      Pages 261-282
    4. David Woods
      Pages 299-322
  7. Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Robert Wicks
      Pages 325-349
    3. Christopher Janaway
      Pages 351-372
    4. Christopher Ryan
      Pages 373-394
  8. Legacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 395-395
    2. S. Pearl Brilmyer
      Pages 397-424
    3. Arnaud François
      Pages 473-483
    4. Sandra Shapshay
      Pages 509-513
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 515-520

About this book


This comprehensive Handbook offers a leading-edge yet accessible guide to the most important facets of Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophical system, the last true system of German philosophy.  Written by a diverse, international and interdisciplinary group of eminent and up-and-coming scholars, each of the 28 chapters in this Handbook includes an authoritative exposition of different viewpoints as well as arguing for a particular thesis.  Authors also put Schopenhauer’s ideas into historical context and connect them when possible to contemporary philosophy.

Key features:

  • Structured in six parts, addressing the development of Schopenhauer’s system, his epistemology and metaphysics, aesthetics and philosophy of art, ethical and political thought, philosophy of religion and legacy in Britain, France, and the US.
  • Special coverage of Schopenhauer’s treatment of Judaism, Christianity, Vedic thought and Buddhism
  • Attention to the relevance of Schopenhauer for contemporary metaphysics, metaethics and ethics in particular.

The Palgrave Schopenhauer Handbook is an essential resource for scholars as well as advanced students of nineteenth-century philosophy. Researchers and graduate students in musicology, comparative literature, religious studies, English, French, history, and political science will find this guide to be a rigorous and refreshing Handbook to support their own explorations of Schopenhauer’s thought.


Arthur Schopenhauer german idealism transcendental idealism epistemology metaphysics ethics aesthetics theory of value literature religion philosophical system The World as Will and Representation classical philosophy contemporary philosophy metaethics

Editors and affiliations

  • Sandra Shapshay
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyIndiana University-BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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