Schopenhauer and Adorno on Bodily Suffering: A Comparative Analysis

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Peters discusses Schopenhauer and Adorno, two philosophers whose writings have hitherto not been extensively compared in the English-speaking academic world. Focusing on their ideas about pain and bod...
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Peters discusses Schopenhauer and Adorno, two philosophers whose writings have hitherto not been extensively compared in the English-speaking academic world. Focusing on their ideas about pain and bodily suffering, the author creates a stimulating tension between the ahistorical nature of Schopenhauers philosophy and the deeply historical character of Adornos critical analyses. He explores the common themes in their work, in that both have been accused of defending pessimistic theories, in which the notion of freedom disappears and is replaced by an emphasis on metaphysical and social determination. Without overlooking the differences between the two authors, Peters argues that Schopenhauer and Adornos pessimism is intertwined with hopeful analyses of compassion with bodily suffering, the redeeming qualities of the arts, and descriptions of experiences of a metaphysical nature. His fascinating study enhances our understanding of Schopenhauer and Adorno and the formers influence on Critical Theory. It furthermore is a valuable contribution to our ideas about pessimism, optimism and social critique.
Uitgever Macmillan Distribution Ltd
Druk 1
ISBN/EAN 9781137412164
Auteur Peters, Mathijs
Vakken Filosofie

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