In Book V of The Gay Science, Nietzsche claims that the importance of Schopenhauer’s philosophy resides in the fact that it asks a question — a question that is “terrible”, the question: “does existence has a meaning at all?” (GS 357). Schopenhauer’s pessimism is, thus, supposed to be a question, not the answer to a question, or the solution of a problem. The present article aims (a) to show, firstly, that Nietzsche has good reasons to take Schopenhauer’s philosophy to be fundamentally the formulation of a question, the exposition of a problem, the presentation of a riddle — the “riddle of the world”; (b) secondly, to show that Nietzsche has good reasons to equate the problem of the value of existence with the riddle of the world; (c) thirdly, to indicate the crucial relevance of Schopenhauer’s conception of pessimism for the interpretation of Nietzsche’s concept of nihilism.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||Revista de Filosofia Moderna e Contemporânea|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|