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Schopenhauer On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 0521872715

ISBN-13: 9780521872713

Edition: 2012

Authors: Arthur Schopenhauer, David E. Cartwright, Edward E. Erdmann, Christopher Janaway, Christopher Janaway

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This volume of new translations unites three shorter works by Arthur Schopenhauer that expand on themes from his book The World as Will and Representation. In On the Fourfold Root he takes the principle of sufficient reason, which states that nothing is without a reason why it is, and shows how it covers different forms of explanation or ground that previous philosophers have tended to confuse. Schopenhauer regarded this study, which he first wrote as his doctoral dissertation, as an essential preliminary to The World as Will. On Will in Nature examines contemporary scientific findings in search of corroboration of his thesis that processes in nature are all a species of striving towards ends; and On Vision and Colours defends an anti-Newtonian account of colour perception influenced by Goethe's famous colour theory. This is the first English edition to provide extensive editorial notes on the different published versions of these works.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/20/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 558
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

General editor's preface
Editorial notes and references
Introduction
Notes on text and translation
Chronology
Bibliography
On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason
Introduction
Survey of what is most important in previous teachings about the principle of sufficient reason
Inadequacy of previous accounts and sketch of a new one
On the first class of objects for the subject and the form of the principle of sufficient reason governing in it
On the second class of objects for the subject and the form of the principle of sufficient reason governing in it
On the third class of objects for the subject and the form of the principle of sufficient reason governing in it
On the fourth class of objects for the subject and the form of the principle of sufficient reason governing in it
General remarks and results
Variants in different editions
Collation of the two editions
On Vision and Colours
On vision
On colours; Variants in different editions
On Will in Nature
Introduction
Physiology and pathology
Comparative anatomy
Plant physiology
Physical astronomy
Linguistics
Animal magnetism and magic
Sinology
Reference to ethics
Conclusion
Variants in different editions
Glossary of names
Index