BA Philosophy and Fundamentals, University of Chicago, 2013
19th Century Philosophy (esp. Mill, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche), Ethics and Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Emotion, Aesthetics
Title: "Aesthetic Pessimism and Aesthetic Anti-Pessimism in Mill, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche"
Committee: Brian Leiter (co-chair), Martha Nussbaum (co-chair), and Agnes Callard
PHIL 29200-03/29300-03 Junior/Senior Tutorial
Topic: Pessimism and Compassion: Schopenhauer on Value
This course will consist in a close reading of Schopenhauer’s work on ethics. Discussion will center around Schopenhauer’s two most distinctive ethical claims: 1) that compassion, direct concern for the suffering of another, is the only genuine moral incentive; and 2) that human life is inevitably a life of suffering, and thus worse to have than to lack. The second half of Schopenhauer’s On the Basis of Morality and the fourth book of his The World as Will and Representation I will be our main texts. Relevant portions of Parerga and Paralipomena and The World as Will and Representation II will also be considered.
Meets with Jr/Sr section. Prerequisite: Open only to philosophy majors. Intensive-Track Majors should reach out to the instructor to be enrolled manually. No more than two tutorials may be used to meet program requirements.