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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

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

About the editors

Sandra Shapshay is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Political and Civic Engagement Program at Indiana University-Bloomington, USA. Her research focuses on Kant and Schopenhauer’s aesthetic and ethical theories, as well as contemporary environmental aesthetics. Shapshay is working on a book that reconstructs Schopenhauer’s ethical thought for contemporary use, and has also published numerous articles and book chapters on Schopenhauer’s metaphysics, views on freedom, the sublime, and tragedy. With Levi Tenen, she is editing a special issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism on environmental aesthetics and ethics.



Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Palgrave Schopenhauer Handbook
  • Editors Sandra Shapshay
  • Series Title Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-62946-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-87435-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-62947-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVIII, 520
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics German Idealism
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