Schopenhauer on Metaphysics

“Metaphysics will never put forth its full powers so long as it is expected to accommodate itself to dogmas. The various religions have taken possession of the metaphysical tendency of mankind, partly by paralysing it through imprinting their dogmas upon it in the earliest years, partly by forbidding and proscribing all free and uninhibited expression of it; so that free investigation of man’s most important and interesting concern, of his existence itself, has been in part indirectly hampered, in part made subjectively impossible by the paralysis referred to; and in this way his most sublime tendency has been put in chains.”


(pg. 120, Essays and Aphorisms, Arthur Schopenhauer, transl. R. J. Hollingdale, 1970,  Penguin Classics, Ltd.)

~ by Thanatologist on 2009-06-19.

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