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Decoding Schopenhauer's Metaphysics: The Key to Understanding How It Solves the Hard Problem of Consciousness and the Paradoxes of Quantum Mechanics

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First proposed more than 200 years ago, Schopenhauer's extraordinarily prescient metaphysics if understood along the lines thoroughly elucidated and substantiated in this volume offers powerful answers not only to the paradoxes of quantum mechanics, but also to modern philosophical dilemmas such as the hard problem of consciousness which plagues mainstream physicalism, and ...more
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Published August 1st 2020 by Iff Books
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Artūrs Kaņepājs
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having recently read Schopenhauer's magnum opus, I think Kastrup does an excellent job in summarizing, clarifying, and defending it. These tasks have been neglected, important and frankly, do not seem very difficult. This is b/c Schopenhauer's critics misinterpreted key aspects of his metaphysics, and therefore attacked a strawman.

My main doubts concern Schopenhauer's original ideas about the implications. I don't think there's a strong case for the teleological speculations ie that we are here
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Oskar Mortensen
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bernardo Kastrup har med Decoding Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics skrevet endnu en perle af en bog!
Jan
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting book about Schopenhauers metaphysics. Schopenhauer was a philosophical idealist, and it seems to me that Kastrup's interpretation of his philosophy is right. The book also shows the importance of clearly definining the words we use, especially when we discuss a phenomenon like consciousness. Schopenhauer's metaphysics has been misinterpreted in recent works because of terminology, and because it's hard to understand idealism if you can't let go of your materialist preconceptions ...more
Ryan Schmitt
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me make sense of Schopenhauer's metaphysics, and to a lesser extent of German Idealism in general. Approaching Schopenhauer's philosophy through the lens of the hard problem of consciousness made things click for me, and clarified much of what that overall philosophical project was trying to accomplish. Several parts of this book, such as the discussions of quantum mechanics and the recovery of the distinction between consciousness and meta-consciousness, are very impressive and ...more
Calvin
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I rarely enjoy reading philosophy, but perhaps it's because I usually don't care much about the topic covered or take issue with the metaphysics beneath.

The topics Kastrup explores with his idealist metaphysics are fascinating, and his metaphysics itself is both illuminating and profound.

Exploring Schopenhauer through this lens, has sparked a new interest in philosophy in general. Looking forward to Kastrup's next book on Jung.
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John
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Required reading list.
Marco
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Too convoluted (for me). Many headache-inducing sentences. The first book by Kastrup I didn't get into. ...more
Peter Damon
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Helped me immensely to better understand Schopenhauer's metaphysics. Had several "eureka"moments reading this. Will definitely re-read in the future. ...more
Andrew
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The future of metaphysics is in the past.

A stunningly cogent and much needed assessment of metaphysics from an ignored source. Kastrup is at his best here. As an added bonus, he sets out in the introduction to be more concise in his writing in this volume; he achieves this and people familiar with his other works will readily notice the much more specific focus.
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Bernardo Kastrup is the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence). As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Org ...more

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