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Persuasive and humane, this classic of philosophy represents one of the nineteenth century's most significant treatises on ethics. The Basis of Morality offers Schopenhauer's fullest examination of traditional ethical themes, and it articulates a descriptive form of ethics that contradicts the rationally based prescriptive theories.
Starting with his polemic against Kant's
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 20th 2005 by Dover Publications (first published 1841)
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Dans cet ouvrage, Schopenhauer répond à une question académique relative au fondement de la morale. Il s’agit toujours de traquer un principe unique au moyen puisse être caractérisé les mœurs pour échapper à l’embarras dans lequel nous jette la multiplicité des avis sur la question. La question avait été explorée par Kant dans un ouvrage précèdent, et la piste métaphysique semble inspirer nos philosophes allemands, car l’auteur lui rend un hommage appuyé pour lui avoir en quelque sorte ouvert la ...more
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We don't hear much about Schopenhauer anymore (probably never did, now that I think about it) no doubt because he has been so overshadowed by his intellectual descendants, most notably Nietzsche and Marx, but I've been a big fan for years and have read The World as Will and Representation several times.

What struck me about this little gem, besides it's 19th century quirkiness, is the affinity that the current investigation of justice called, loosely, "capability theory", promoted mainly by Marth

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Arthur Schopenhauer was a German philosopher best known for his work The World as Will and Representation. Schopenhauer attempted to make his career as an academic by correcting and expanding Immanuel Kant's philosophy concerning the way in which we experience the world.

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