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‘Eadem, sed aliter’: Arthur Schopenhauer as a Critic of ‘Progress’ (2015)


Scholars have tended to overlook the political import of the ideas of Arthur Schopenhauer (1788–1860). This is perhaps unsurprising, since Schopenhauer himself was not a political philosopher and wrote relatively little about political matters. But Schopenhauer's near-silence on political topics should warrant our attention: why would a systematic philosopher, who made lasting contributions in metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics, devote so little attention to politics? Connecting his political thought with his philosophy of history, I argue that Schopenhauer can best be regarded as a critic of the idea of progress, especially ‘progress’ conceived of as national development or the growth of the state.

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Authors & Contributors
Gori, Pietro
Giorgini, Giovanni
Condorcet, Jean-Antoine-Nicolas de Caritat
Schandeler, Jean-Pierre
Crépel, Pierre
Brian, Eric
Science and Education
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
European Legacy
Edizioni ETS
Institut National d'Études Démographiques
Cambridge University Press
History of philosophy of science
Philosophy of science
Philosophy and politics
Philosophy of science, as a discipline
Mach, Ernst
Reisch, George A.
Duhem, Pierre
Carnap, Rudolf
Neurath, Otto
Hook, Sidney
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
20th century
18th century
17th century
United States
North America
Vienna Circle

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