[lit-ideas] Schopenhauer -- via Borges

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  • Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 09:53:02 EDT

Erin Holder writes:
I have
> up the Cambridge Companion to Schopenhauer, which has a few essays that
> particularly interesting for anyone interested in Schopey.
> Schopenhauer and Knowledge (David Hamlyn)
> Schopenhauer, Kant, and the Methods of Philosophy (Paul Guyer)
> The Influences of Eastern Thought on Schopenhauer's Doctrine of the
> Thing-in-Itself (Moira Nicholls)
> Schopenhauer on Death (Dale Jacquette)
> Schopenhauer's Pessimism (Christopher Janaway)
> Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and Dionysus (Martha C. Nussbaum)
> Schopenhauer, Will, and the Unconscious (Sebastian Gardner)
> Schopenhauer and Wittgenstein:  Representation as Language and Will (Hans
> Johann Glock)
> I've left out five other essays in the compilation that, frankly, seem
> rather boring - like "Schopenhauer on the Self".
For what it's worth, Schopenhauer was a big influence on J. L. Borges, when 
Borges was studying for his high-school diploma in Geneva, Switzerland. Indeed, 
motivated him to learn the language: German.
There are endless (well, ...) references to Schopenhauer in Borges's work. A 
list of them can be found in D. Balderston, The Literary Universe of J. L. 
Borges -- which lists sources for the main ones.

Hope it would be of interest, and in any case, if you happen to follow the 
lead -- share!

Borges would be attracted by the least 'received' view of Schopenhauer, 
sometimes focusing on one aphorism or such. And of course, he is not into 
developing Schopenhauer's philosophical ideas, but applying them to the fiction 



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