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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Arthur Schopenhauer Part 2-Sierra Cox (extra credit)

                              Arthur Schopenhauer  (extra credit)

Arthur Schopenhauer was a well-educated philosopher that worked aggressively on a dissertation of The Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reasoning. Within his dissertation he describes what is real and what is rational. Schopenhauer shared some similar views with the philosopher Immanuel Kant and often got his inspiration from Kant himself, and his dissertation was no exception. On the subject of “why is there something rather than nothing?” they both agreed that most people could not rationalize this idea and Schopenhauer even went as far as saying, “our knowledge is limited by our specific and narrowly circumscribed capacities for organizing our field of sensation.” However Schopenhauer thought that the best way for people to understand the principle of sufficient reasoning was to explant it as something in need of explanation. Through this Schopenhauer was able to determine that the root of the principle of sufficient reasoning reason is the distinction between subject and object. Kant used a similar base to add to his theory of knowledge and he also used a similar title, Critique of Pure Reasoning. Many say that Schopenhauer was Kantian due to the similarities in each other’s works but Schopenhauer often disagreed with Kant’s arguments. Schopenhauer often spent time critiquing Kant and his hypotheses, he even stated, “The concept of causality only supplies knowledge when it is applied within the fields of possible experience, and not outside of it.” therefore denying Kant’s idea that “the thing in-itself” exist. Even though Schopenhauer seemed to spend his time and studies in “fixing” others problems, he did have wonderful ideas of his own and great critiques of others that made many question what they had thought to be true.

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