Schopenhauer’s Compass. An Introduction to Schopenhauer’s Philosophy and its Origins: Urs App
superb book on Schopenhauer and asian philosophy…
An Amazon review:
Excellent and almost indispensable text on Schopenhauer’s interest in Indic thought. I had been intuiting a connection with classic Advaita in the current New Age scene but found this book has traveled this route already, all well and good. In this regard, and in a strange irony that great philosopher created a matrix for the re-foundation of much of the confused Advaita now so fashionably current (but which has an aspect of profundity missing in modern and occidental monotheism. But another irony here is that the key or keys provided began to drive me beyond Schopenhaurian versions of Advaita and in fact Schopenhauer himself with a question about the issue of ‘will’, the ‘will in nature’ and the unnoted relationship to the legacy of Samkhya whose interpretation is a longstanding mystery unwittingly explored by Schopenhauer and more directly by the later sufi thinker J.G.Bennett whose reconstruction of Samkhya from a sufi version (??, via Gurdjieff) echoes the issue of ‘will’ in terms of the gunas as triads. This echo is at first obscure but it suggests that the theme of liberation of the will is only one half of the story: there is a broader spectrum of ‘paths’ that can realize the will as the True Self of man, a very dangerous statement subject to misunderstanding and no doubt instantly rejected by the gurus of Indic paths. But the path to enlightenment and the realization of will are two cousin aspects of a larger spiritual domain of discourse, however fruitless more searches in this realm might be. But the ‘surrender of will’ is a possible feast of occult cannibals in corrupted versions of the whole game, Gurdjieff’s trogoautoegocrat. Paranoia and a distortion of the path to enlightenment? In any case Schopenhauer seems to straddle multiple paths and this remarkable book is of great value for students of classic traditions which constantly scramble noumenal (a term Schopenhauer didn’t like) and phenomenal aspects in their discourses.