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SCHOPENHAUER'S CRITIQUE OF MORALISTIC THEORIES OF THE STATE

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Abstract:

Arthur Schopenhauer has not traditionally been considered an important political philosopher of nineteenth-century Germany, mainly because his philosophical system lacks a substantive political theory. This article argues that Schopenhauer nevertheless merits the attention of historians of political thought, for his philosophical system affords an idiosyncratic and critical perspective on the moralistic theories of the state developed by post-Kantian philosophers in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is also argued that Schopenhauer's system did not just entail a philosophically consistent alternative to the then dominant tendencies in political philosophy. Rather, Schopenhauer intended to intervene critically against the Romantic and Idealist discourses from which such moralistic theories of the state arose

Keywords: German idealism; German philosophy; Schopenhauer; history of philosophy; history of political thought; nineteenth century philosophy; post-Kantian philosophy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2013-01-01

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