Arthur Schopenhauer

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Arthur Schopenhauer

Fall 2019

Taught By: Inessa Medzhibovskaya

Section: A

CRN: 7055

Credits: 4

Arthur Schopenhauer’s (1788–1860) philosophy of will and his premise that the world is a representation (or idea) of a contemplating subject—an experiencing individual—make him one of the most influential thinkers of the post-Kantian era. An inveterate Platonist and anti-Hegelian, Schopenhauer never tired of correcting Kant as well, most famously in the sphere of ethics where he developed his teaching on empathy and compassion. Schopenhauer’s investigations of the principle of individuation, the pure subject of knowing, the affirmation and denial of the will to live, genius and madness, character and heredity, instinct and imagination, faith and agnosticism, and suffering and transcendence through nirvana have offered an antidote to a Western culture obsessed with pleasure and the rationalizations and optimizations of the target goals of happiness. And finally, Schopenhauer’s insistence on professing “epi-philosophy”—that is, a philosophy resisting the lure of reducing the actual facts of outer and inner experience into the “optimistic dogmas” of a system—joined with his indomitable temperament, mordant wit, and verbal brilliance have inspired many notable followers—Friedrich Nietzsche and Leo Tolstoy to name just two. This introductory course is a survey of Schopenhauer’s most important texts, The World as Will and Representation, Parerga and Paralipomena, On the Freedom of the Will, On the Basis of Morality, and selections from his other writings that are representative of his thought and its main concerns. Momentous dialogues with Schopenhauer and his tradition of philosophizing will be demonstrated through presentations and brief examples throughout the course. 2018 marked 200 years since the publication of The World as Will and Representation; the course is dedicated to its bicentennial.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:00am 1/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 513

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019