• Self and World in Schopenhauer's Philosophy
    Oxford University Press. 1989.
    Christopher Janaway presents the first full-length study of Arthur Schopenhauer's central philosophical achievement: his account of the self and its relation to the world of objects. Schopenhauer's dynamic system of thought embraces epistemological, metaphysical, psychological, and physiological concerns; Janaway gives a clear and careful guide to this system, and shows that it offers much illumination for current philosophical work on the self.
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    Name der Zeitschrift: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie Jahrgang: 100 Heft: 4 Seiten: 492-495.
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    First published in 1818, The World as Will and Representation contains Schopenhauer's entire philosophy, ranging through epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and action, aesthetics and philosophy of art, to ethics, the meaning of life and the philosophy of religion, in an attempt to account for the world in all its significant aspects. It gives a unique and influential account of what is and is not of value in existence, the striving and pain of the human condition and the possibility o…Read more
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    More Modesty, Less Charity
    Journal of Nietzsche Studies 49 (2): 240. 2018.
    Suppose someone asks, “Where does Nietzsche stand in the debate between today’s error theorists and non-cognitivists?” Wouldn’t that be rather like asking what Bismarck’s policy is on the European Union or whether Mahler thinks MP3 streaming is killing live music? We could certainly pose a more careful, speculative kind of question, and ask what these figures from the late nineteenth century “would have thought” about today’s issues, and that exercise might be illuminating. But caveats apply: fi…Read more
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    Schopenhauer: The World as Will and Representation: Volume 2
    with Arthur Schopenhauer, Alistair Welchman, and Judith Norman
    Cambridge University Press. 2018.
    The purpose of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Schopenhauer is to offer translations of the best modern German editions of Schopenhauer's work in a uniform format for Schopenhauer scholars, together with philosophical introductions and full editorial apparatus. The World as Will and Representation contains Schopenhauer's entire philosophy, ranging through epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind and action, aesthetics and philosophy of art, to ethics, the meaning of life and the philo…Read more
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    The editors of Nietzsche as a Scholar of Antiquity claim with some justification that few philosophers, and even fewer classicists, have "taken the time to understand [Nietzsche] on his own terms as a scholar of antiquity". "Our primary aim," Jensen and Heit say, "is to show not how Nietzsche's earlier works on antiquity help us to understand Nietzsche, but how they may improve our understanding of antiquity." I shall suggest that not every contribution to the collection succeeds in that primary…Read more
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    Schopenhauer on the aimlessness of the will
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26 (2): 331-347. 2018.
    Schopenhauer asserts that ‘the will, which is objectified in human life as it is in every appearance, is a striving without aim and without end’. The article rejects some recent readings of this claim, and offers the following positive interpretation: however many specific aims of my specific desires I manage to attain, none is a final aim, in the sense that none terminates my ‘willing as a whole’, none turns me into a non-willing being. To understand Schopenhauer’s claim we must recognize his c…Read more
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    On the Very Idea of "Justifying Suffering"
    Journal of Nietzsche Studies 48 (2): 152-170. 2017.
    C. S. Lewis once wrote: “In a sense, [Christianity] creates, rather than solves, the problem of pain, for pain would be no problem unless, side by side with our daily experience of this painful world, we had received what we think a good assurance that ultimate reality is righteous and loving.”1 The Christian solution to its problem is theodicy, a justification of God. Theodicy aims to show that the pain and suffering in reality does not contradict God’s essential nature as righteous and loving—…Read more
  • with Simon Robertson
    . 2012.
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    Responses to Commentators
    European Journal of Philosophy 17 (1): 132-151. 2009.
  • Nietzsche’s Illustration of the Art of Exegesis
    European Journal of Philosophy 5 (3): 251-268. 1997.
  • The Cambridge Companion to Schopenhauer
    Journal of Nietzsche Studies 23 96-97. 2002.
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    Self and World in Schopenhauers Philosophy
    Oxford University Press. 1989.
    Janaway provides a detailed and critical account of Schopenhauer's central philosophical achievement: his account of the self and its relation to the world of objects. The author's approach to this theme is historical, yet is designed to show the philosophical interest of such an approach. He explores in unusual depth Schopenhauer's often ambivalent relation to Kant, and highlights the influence of Schopenhauer's view of self and world on Wittgenstein and Nietzsche, as well as tracing the many p…Read more
  • Schopenhauer: On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason and Other Writings (edited book)
    with David E. Cartwright and Edward E. Erdmann
    Cambridge University Press. 2013.
    This volume of translations unites three shorter works by Arthur Schopenhauer that expand on themes from his book The World as Will and Representation. In On the Fourfold Root he takes the principle of sufficient reason, which states that nothing is without a reason why it is, and shows how it covers different forms of explanation or ground that previous philosophers have tended to confuse. Schopenhauer regarded this study, which he first wrote as his doctoral dissertation, as an essential preli…Read more
  • With the publication of the Parerga and Paralipomena in 1851, there finally came some measure of the fame that Schopenhauer thought was his due. Described by Schopenhauer himself as 'incomparably more popular than everything up till now', the Parerga is a miscellany of essays addressing themes that complement his work The World as Will and Representation, along with more divergent, speculative pieces. It includes his 'Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life', reflections on fate and clairvoyance, trench…Read more
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    Beyond selflessness in ethics and inquiry
    Journal of Nietzsche Studies 35 (1): 124-140. 2008.
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    Nietzsche's Psychology as a Refinement of Plato's
    Journal of Nietzsche Studies 45 (1): 12. 2014.
    In their recent book The Soul of Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, Maudemarie Clark and David Dudrick claim that Nietzsche takes Plato’s theory of the soul to be ‘a hypothesis, which his own psychology is an attempt to refine’. This essay accepts that claim, but argues for a more streamlined account of the relation between Nietzsche and Plato than Clark and Dudrick give. There is no justification for their suggestion that Nietzsche diagnoses an ‘atomistic need’ as responsible for what he objects…Read more
  • Willing and Nothingness: Schopenhauer as Nietzsche's Educator
    Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 61 (4): 802-805. 1999.
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    Beauty in nature, beauty in art
    British Journal of Aesthetics 33 (4): 321-332. 1993.
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    Nietzsche on Free Will, Autonomy and the Sovereign Individual
    with Ken Gemes
    Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volumes( 80 (1): 321-357. 2006.
    [Ken Gemes] In some texts Nietzsche vehemently denies the possibility of free will; in others he seems to positively countenance its existence. This paper distinguishes two different notions of free will. Agency free will is intrinsically tied to the question of agency, what constitutes an action as opposed to a mere doing. Deserts free will is intrinsically tied to the question of desert, of who does and does not merit punishment and reward. It is shown that we can render Nietzsche's prima faci…Read more
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    This original new book argues for a reassessment of Plato's challenge to the arts. Plato was the first great figure in Western philosophy to assess the value of the arts; he argued in the Republic that traditionally accepted forms of poetry, drama, and music are unsound. While this view has been widely rejected, Janaway argues that Plato's hostile case is a more coherent and profound challenge to the arts than has sometimes been supposed. Denying that Plato advocates "good art" in any modern sen…Read more