Europe’s Early Encounters with Eastern Thought: Schopenhauer

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    • Presentation speakers
      • R. Raj Singh, Brock University, Canada


    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was one of earliest European thinkers to rigorously study and adopt eastern thought systems into his world-view. The influence of eastern philosophies of Vedanta and Buddhism appears through his own concepts within his unique metaphysical system built around the root concept of the will to live. This paper will elucidate the connection between Schopenhauer’s system and Buddhism and Vedanta and will examine whether his interpretation was valid and whether it contributed toward a trans-cultural understanding within philosophy of the nineteenth century Europe.