Schopenhauer’s Theory of Agency in Light of His Account of the Affirmation and Negation of the Will

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Abstract

In this paper, I focus on Schopenhauer’s account of agency. I propose a distinction between a narrow and a broader account. According to the former, Schopenhauer emphasizes the extent to which our actions are fully determined by our cognition of motives and our character, leaving only a negative role for freedom. The broader account, on the other hand, reveals a very different picture of Schopenhauer’s account of agency, one that is characterized by his emphasis not only on a positive sense of freedom but also on action as an expression of existential cognition and insight.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-28
Number of pages25
JournalIl pensare - rivista di filosofia
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Schopenhauer
  • Agency
  • Will
  • Freedom
  • Affirmation and Negation of the Will
  • Existentialism

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