Arthur Schopenhauer

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Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Cartwright, David. "An English-Language Bibliography of Works on Schopenhauer." SchopenhauerJahrbuch 68 (1987): 257-66.

Bibliography of Schopenhauer criticism written in English.

Cartwright, David, and Luft, Eric von der. "Bibliographies." In Schopenhauer: New Essays in Honor of His 200th Birthday, edited by Eric von der Luft, pp. 327-404. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 1988.

Bibliographies of Schopenhauer's works through 1988 and an extensive selection of recommended secondary material.

Hübscher, Arthur. SchopenhauerBibliographic Stuttgart-Bad Canstatt: Frommann-Holzboog, 1981, 331 p.

German bibliography of Schopenhauer criticism, concentrating on his aesthetics and his influence on later literary figures.

Laban, Ferdinand. Die Schopenhauer-Literatur. Bersuch einer chronologischen Übersicht derselben. 1880. Reprint. New York: Burt Franklin, 1970, 123 p.

German bibliography of Schopenhauer's writings, and biographies and critical articles on Schopenhauer, arranged chronologically through 1880.


Bridgwater, Patrick. Arthur Schopenhauer's English Schooling. London: Routledge, 1988, 392 p.

Biography of Schopenhauer that focuses on his trip to England in 1803 and his subsequent enrollment at Wimbledon School. The book includes Schopenhauer's English diary and letters written to him during his stay.

Hübscher, Arthur. The Philosophy of Schopenhauer in Its Intellectual Context: Thinker against the Tide. Edited by Joachim T. Baer and David E. Cartwright. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 1989, 528 p.

Historical examination of Schopenhauer's philosophy, depicting his life and influences, his contemporaries, his unique system and philosophical approach, and his effect on later figures.

Safranski, Rüdiger. Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy. Translated by Ewald Osers. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1989, 385 p.

Biography of Schopenhauer that outlines his life and articulates his ideas. Safranski also examines Schopenhauer's influences, compares him to his contemporaries, and explores his influence on later philosophers.


Atwell, John E. Schopenhauer: The Human Character. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1990, 259 p.

Investigates Schopenhauer's conception of the "human character," discussing such topics as the body and its relationship to the will, free will and determinism, and moral responsibility.

Ausmus, Harry J. "Schopenhauer and Christianity—A Preliminary Examination." Illinois Quarterly 36, No. 4 (April 1974): 26-42.

Argues that Schopenhauer's doctrine is fundamentally Christian in outlook.

Caldwell, William. Schopenhauer's System in Its Philosophical Significance. Edinburgh: William Blackwood and Sons, 1896, 538 p.

Discussion of Schopenhauer's epistemology, aesthetics, ethics, and philosophy of religion as they relate to his metaphysics.

Copleston, Frederick. Arthur Schopenhauer, Philosopher of Pessimism. London: Search Press, 1975, 216 p.

Contextual analysis of Schopenhauer's system, with particular emphasis on his ethics and aesthetics.

Dauer, Dorothea W. Schopenhauer as Transmitter of Buddhist Ideas. Berne: Herbert Lang & Co. Ltd., 1969, 39 p.

Enumerates the ways in which Schopenhauer's philosophy is essentially Buddhist in nature.

Fox, Michael, ed. Schopenhauer: His Philosophical Achievement. Sussex: Harvester Press, 1980, 276 p.

Collection of important essays on Schopenhauer's philosophy, including overviews and comparative studies.

Gardiner, Patrick. Schopenhauer. Baltimore: Penguin Books, 1963, 312 p.

Overview of Schopenhauer's philosophy, beginning with his explanation of the philosophical impulse; proceeding through his ontology, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics; and concluding with Schopenhauer's treatment of the metaphysical.

Goodale, Ralph. "Schopenhauer and Pessimism in Nineteenth-Century English Literature." Publications of the Modern Language Association of America XLVII, No. 1 (March 1932): 241-61.

Argues that, contrary to some accounts, Schopenhauer had merely a contributory influence on the pessimism apparent in...

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