In Arati Barua, Matthias Koßler & Michael Gerhardt (eds.), Understanding Schopenhauer through the Prism of Indian Culture. Philosophy, Religion and Sanskrit Literature. Berlin, Deutschland: pp. 149–187 (2013)

Jens Lemanski
Fernuniversität Hagen
In the history of philosophy, Arthur Schopenhauer’s system appears to bethe first one which is concerned with Christian as well as Buddhist saintsand claims that there is an association between them. In recent research,this association has been the source of many special problems,but it actually has never been discussed in general why this association is so important, or why it was necessary for Schopenhauer to relate to Buddhistor Hinduist as well as to Christian saints. Moreover, this issue seems toreveal other problems which are topics in recent discussion. The paper addresses these problems and argues for a descriptive interpretation of Schopenhauer's concept of the denial of the Will-to-live.
Keywords Denial of the will-to-live  Pessimism  philosophy of religion  ethics
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