Vasfi Onur Özen

College of Saint Mary
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    Nietzsche’s Theory of Empathy
    Philosophical Papers 50 (1-2): 235-280. 2021.
    Nietzsche is not known for his theory of empathy. A quick skimming of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on empathy demonstrates this. Arthur Schopenhauer, Robert Vischer, and Theodor Lipps are among those whose views are considered representative, but Nietzsche has been simply forgotten in discussion of empathy. Nietzsche’s theory of empathy has not yet aroused sufficient interest among commentators. I believe that his views on this subject merit careful consideration. Nietzsche scho…Read more
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    The Ambiguity in Schopenhauer’s Doctrine of the Thing-in-Itself
    Review of Metaphysics 74 (294): 251-288. 2020.
    The general attitude towards Arthur Schopenhauer’s metaphysics is rather fiercely critical and at times even tendentious. It seems that the figure of Schopenhauer as an irredeemably flawed, stubborn, and contradictory philosopher serves as a leitmotiv among scholars. Schopenhauer’s identification of the thing-in-itself with the will continues to be a thorny puzzle in the secondary literature, and it presents perhaps the greatest challenge to Schopenhauer scholars. Schopenhauer borrows the term ‘…Read more
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    Nietzsche’s Compassion
    Nietzsche Studien 50 (1): 244-274. 2021.
    Nietzsche is known for his penetrating critique of Mitleid. He seems to be critical of all compassion but at times also seems to praise a different form of compassion, which he refers to as “our compassion” and contrasts it with “your compassion”. Some commentators have interpreted this to mean that Nietzsche’s criticism is not as unconditional as it may seem – that he does not condemn compassion entirely. I disagree and contend that even though Nietzsche appears to speak favorably of some forms…Read more
  • Schopenhauer on Inner Awareness and World-Understanding
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy. forthcoming.
    I argue against a prevailing interpretation of Schopenhauer’s account of inner awareness and world- understanding. Because scholars have typically taken on board the assumption that inner awareness is non- representational, they have concerned themselves in the main with how to transfer this immediate cognition of will in ourselves and apply it to our understanding of the world–as–representation. Some scholars propose that the relation of the world-as-will to the world-as-representation is to be…Read more