Schopenhauer's Objections to Kant Argumentative Essay by Shaad

Schopenhauer's Objections to Kant
A refutation of Schopenhauer's criticism of Kant.
# 128297 | 1,597 words | 2 sources | APA | 2009 | BD
Published by on Jul 11, 2010 in Philosophy (History - 19th Century) , Philosophy (Ethics) , Philosophy (General)

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This essay argues that Schopenhauer's criticism of Kant's philosophy is unjustified. Schopenhauer objects to what he perceives as moral absolutism in Kant. To impose a moral law is to rob the human of free will, according to Schopenhauer. In order to restore free will Schopenhauer lays stress on the primacy of the will, and introduces the concept of compassion as dictating the moral act. Since Kant's moral law does not work against human freedom, but in fact embodies it, the essay argues that Schopenhauer is only involved in semantics, and that all his concepts amount to a mere rephrasing of Kant's philosophy.

From the Paper:

"But Schopenhauer can be said to be repeating Kantian metaphysics with semantic variation only. He cannot overhaul Kantian metaphysics through such trifling objection about the using of the word "law" to describe morality. What he does is introduce the novel concepts of 'Will' and 'Representation', and with such terminology he is able to render philosophy in a more descriptive and discursive way. This is how he believes philosophy should be. Through concentrating on the Will, he believes that his philosophy has become more human. By emphasizing the primacy of the Will he is also emphasizing human freedom. It is as if he is saying that human beings are not limited by dogmatically rendered 'laws', and through the freedom of the will we overcome all such restrictions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kant I. (2005). Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals. Translated by Thomas Kingsmill Abbott. New York: Broadview Press.
  • Schopenhauer A. (1998). On the Basis of Morality. Translated by E. F. J. Payne. Minneapolis: Hackett Publishing.

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