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Schopenhauer's Psychological Worldview: History, Philosophy and Relevance

Schopenhauer's Psychological Worldview: History, Philosophy and Relevance

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Title: Schopenhauer's Psychological Worldview: History, Philosophy and Relevance
Author: Plesa, Patric
Abstract: The complete philosophical works of Arthur Schopenhauer are explored through a comprehensive psychological reading that intends to highlight the holistic theories of human nature that amount to a pessimistic and metaphysical worldview. A thorough analysis of Schopenhauer’s philosophical concepts, theories, and ideas is conducted in order to construct a clear understanding of his worldview and avoid a reductionsitic approach to a holistic philosophy. From this I initiate a novel theoretical groundwork derived from Schopenhauer’s philosophy that I have termed a “negative psychology”. I argue that this negative psychology provides a robust understanding of human nature and has applicability in several domains of psychology such as theory of human nature, education, and therapy.
Subject: Psychology
Philosophy
Educational psychology
Keywords: History
Theory
History and theory of psychology
History and philosophy of psychology
HPP
CPA
APA
Philosophy
Psychology
Educational psychology
Cognitive psychology
19th century philosophy
Schopenhauer
Arthur Schopenhauer
Freud
Sigmund Freud
Humanistic psychology
Positive psychology
Negative psychology
Pessimism
Will
Representation
Ethics
Morality
Art
Aesthetics
Will-to-live
Denial of the will-to-live
Thing-in-itself
Thing in itself
Kant
Immanuel Kant
Plato
Descartes
Motives
Motivation
Free will
Character
Personality
Death
Idealism
Critical idealism
Transcendental idealism
Transcendental
Transcendentalism
Realism
Suffering
Pain
Berkeley
Spinoza
Hegel
Kierkegaard
Nietzsche
Fichte
Schiller
Goethe
Self-control
Self-knowledge
Self-awareness
Character traits
Personality traits
Worldview
Human nature
Knowledge
Cognition
Pleasure
Eudaimonism
Hedonism
German idealism
Germany
Europe
Will and representation
Cause and effect
Determinism
Will-less knowing
Principle of sufficient reason
Principle of individuation
Will-in-nature
The world as will and representation
Parerga and paralipomena
The two fundamental problems with ethics
The fourfold root of the principle of sufficient reason
Dreams
Dream interpretation
Psychoanalysis
Rogers
Csikszentmihalyi
Seligman
May
Maslow
Positive
Negative
Misogyny
Darwin
Cartwright
Janaway
Plesa
Patric Plesa
Sexuality
Unconscious
Defense mechanisms
Ego
Id
The ego and the id
Hydraulic model
Drive reduction model
Repression
Displacement
Sublimation
Instincts
Sexual instinct
Death instinct
Thanatos
Eros
Pleasure principle
Reality principle
Analysis
Pathology
Parapsychology
Education
Clinical
Experimental
Therapy
Worldview
Music
Poetry
Literature
Painting
Happiness
Happy life
Hierarchy of needs
Intelligence
Intellect
Knowledge
Reaction
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/29916
Supervisor: Teo, Thomas
Degree: MA - Master of Arts
Program: Psychology (Functional Area: History and Theory)
Exam date: 2014-10-14
Publish on: 2015-08-28

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