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Published: 13 May 2010

352 Pages


ISBN: 9780199297221

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The Two Fundamental Problems of Ethics

Arthur Schopenhauer
Translated by David Cartwright, Translated by Edward E. Erdmann, and Edited by Christopher Janaway

Oxford World's Classics

  • These two important essays show Schopenhauer at his most accessible; they constitute two self-contained and clearly argued contributions to ethical theory, published here in a new translation that aims to preserve Schopenhauer's style within readable modern English.
  • The Two Fundamental Problems does not call for the substantial engagement with Kant's philosophy demanded by Schopenhauer's large two-volume magnum opus, The World as Will and Representation. The two essays are relevant to today's ethical debates, especially concerning the nature of motivation, the compatibility of responsibility with free will, and virtue ethics.
  • The only paperback edition to publish both essays together.
  • Introduction by foremost Schopenhauer scholar Christopher Janaway gives a clear summary of the argument of the essays in the context of Schopenhauer's life and works and the history of ethics in the modern period.
  • Includes helpful notes, up-to-date bibliography, and a full index.

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