Item description for On Schopenhauer's Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason (Philosophy of History and Culture, Vol 8) by F. C. White...
Dr White's book is the first to be written on Schopenhauer's important foundation-work, On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason. It presents the arguments and analyses of Schopenhauer's work in systematic form and assesses the worth of those arguments and analyses, with particular emphasis on their positive merits. Schopenhauer divides the phenomenal world into four classes of object, discussing each of these in turn, and the chapters of White's book generally follow that order. But the book also contains a chapter of introduction showing how the Fourfold Root fits into Schopenhauer's general scheme of philosophical thought, and an appendix outlining the historical background to Schopenhauer's views. Given that it is the only work of its kind, White's book will be of use and interest to all students, and it is written in such a way that it should be intelligible to the beginner in Schopenhauer as well as helpful to the more established student.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.5" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1991
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 9004095438 ISBN13 9789004095434
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good analysis Dec 28, 2002
I read this book after Schopenhauer's Fourfold Root after accidentally finding it in a library. It's a shame it costs so much, it's actually quite good. White basically presents Schopenhauer's arguments in the order Schopenhauer presents them, and proceeds to critique them in a fair and reasonable manner. While White puts holes in many of Schopenhauer's arguments, he also shows the merit in others, and the author's knowledge of contemporary physics and mathematics lends to the quality of the discussion towards the end of the book. While I would have to dig through notes to find them, I remember the author having a great many points which I found insightful into Schopenhauer's philosophy - he does not just present the arguments and give his critique in a mundane way like many Kant scholars, but instead allows Schopenhauer's text to remain contemporarily relevant and plausible in many areas, while not completely giving in to Schopenhauer's epistemology.