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Speculation and Esotericism in Schopenhauer's Philosophy




This paper considers the question of the speculative nature of Schopenhauer’s philosophy. In order to illuminate this issue, aspects of his conception of the aims and methods of philosophy will be investigated, with a particular focus upon the extent to which his system lies within the philosophical esoteric tradition. It will be argued that Schopenhauer’s works recognisably stand in the tradition of pedagogical esotericism, involving engagement in reflection that at least touches upon the mystical and speculative.

Acceptance Date Jan 8, 2020
Publication Date Mar 25, 2020
Journal Il Pensare - Rivisita Di Filosofia
Print ISSN 2280-8566
Keywords Schopenhauer, metaphilosophy, esotericism, mysticism, rationalism
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