Schopenhauer’s Compass

362 pages. ISBN 978-3-906000-03-9. Wil (Switzerland): UniversityMedia, 2014.

This is the new English translation (by the author himself) of Schopenhauers Kompass (2011). It contains the revised text, the author's English rendering of all cited passages by Schopenhauer and other authors, and in the footnotes also their original German, French and Latin text. In addition, this book features a new Appendix (pp. 265-299) entitled "Schopenhauer's Favorite Book".

Reader's reactions to the original German version of 2011

An important key not only to the genesis of Schopenhauer's philosophy but to a deeper understanding of his philosophy and of the world in general. Axel Schlote, author of Die universale Urkraft und das moralische Genie

I have "devoured" this book by Urs App in one go, and I am thrilled by this important work. Ernst Ziegler, editor of the new edition of Schopenhauer's Senilia

I read this book with extraordinary pleasure in two days. It is immaculate, enthralling, easily understandable, and opens up a perspective that quite obviously had never been appropriately discussed. Alois M. Haas, world-renowned specialist of mysticism

The Schopenhauer Society in Frankfurt dedicated all of its eleven monthly jour fixe meetings in 2012 to the discussion of the eleven chapters of Schopenhauer's Compass. In the words of the convener of these meetings, Dr. Thomas Regehly:

"Schopenhauer's Compass is an utterly astonishing introduction to Schopenhauer's doctrine of the Will and its negation that makes them appear in a new, oriental light."

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About the content of Schopenhauer's Compass

Schopenhauer's favorite book was a particular version of the Indian Upanishads. He encountered it just before he found the centerpiece of his philosophical system: his concept of will. Though he named it as the first of three main philosophical influences and kept calling it the most excellent book in the world, 150 years of Schopenhauer research have failed to explain the role of these Latin Upanishads.

Based on Schopenhauer's extant copy of the work as well as his notebooks and many additional sources, Urs App's study offers a completely new picture of the genesis of Schopenhauer's philosophy. It explains for the first time the role of Indian, Persian (Sufi), Neoplatonic, and mystical ideas in the birth of his philosophy and describes the central dynamic that gave direction to all of his work: Schopenhauer's Compass.

Table of Contents and Introduction

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