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Schopenhauer's Twofold Dynamism

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A careful analysis that takes into account the context provided by early modern thinkers reveals that Schopenhauer?s system is based on an elaborate theory in which the concepts of force and striving play a key role, and that this underpins a line of thought essentially dynamistic in character both with regard to phenomenal and noumenal realms. Understanding Schopenhauer?s twofold dynamism and its conceptual architecture allows us not only to gain insight into the nature of his metaphysical enterprise, but also to obtain a better grasp of his view of the relationship between the noumenal and phenomenal realms. This chapter puts forward a reading of Schopenhauer?s doctrine of the phenomenal world in which it is interpreted as a dynamic field of matter.

Keywords: Arthur Schopenhauer; concept of force; metaphysical enterprise; noumenal realm; phenomenal realms; phenomenal world; twofold dynamism



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