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Schopenhauer’s Broken World-View

Colours and Ethics between Kant and Goethe


Part of the Science and Philosophy book series (SCPH, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Paul F. H. Lauxtermann
    Pages 1-7
  3. Paul F. H. Lauxtermann
    Pages 41-52
  4. Paul F. H. Lauxtermann
    Pages 53-82
  5. Paul F. H. Lauxtermann
    Pages 135-164
  6. Paul F. H. Lauxtermann
    Pages 165-196
  7. Paul F. H. Lauxtermann
    Pages 197-229
  8. Paul F. H. Lauxtermann
    Pages 231-259
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 261-291

About this book


Schopenhauer's philosophy, at first sight so beautifully rounded, upon analysis reveals itself as the secret arena of two conflicting world-views. The present analysis considers the conflict by confronting Schopenhauer as a `disciple-of-sorts of Kant' with Schopenhauer as `Goethe's one-time collaborator on the theory of colour'. Here the two meet over profound issues which the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century has ineluctably put before us: what is the right level at which to apprehend nature; what is the proper foundation for a consistent ethics; how (if at all) to arrive at a unified conception of a world broken by modern science?
In this deeply-delving, lucidly written, humane and erudite study, the history of philosophical currents is blended with history of science, with history of ideas generally, and (to elucidate relevant portions of Schopenhauer's biography and intellectual and social environment) with German history too. The analysis, while benefiting from the scholarly literature, is grounded primarily in original research among the collected works of Schopenhauer, Kant and Goethe, considered in all their philosophical, scientific, and literary variety.


Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel Hegel Immanuel Kant Kant Schopenhauer metaphysics science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Schopenhauer’s Broken World-View
  • Book Subtitle Colours and Ethics between Kant and Goethe
  • Authors P.F. Lauxtermann
  • Series Title Science and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6585-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5566-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9369-4
  • Series ISSN 0924-4697
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 292
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Philosophy of Science
    History, general
    Modern Philosophy
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