XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Schopenhauer on the Kantian Thing-In-Itself as Platonic Idea

Mihaela C. Fistioc

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala B
Data: 23 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


Kant’s views are usually compared with Aristotle’s. The comparison with Plato has only recently gained currency in the English-speaking philosophical world. Yet attention to the parallel between Kant and Plato is not new. In his World as Will and Representation, Arthur Schopenhauer points out the parallel between Platonic Ideas and the Kantian thing-in-itself (§31).

In this paper I have two goals. First, I want to explain Schopenhauer’s understanding of the parallel between Kant’s and Plato’s views. Second, I want to bring out the way in which Kant’s notion of reflecting judgment illuminates Schopenhauer’s understanding of Platonic Ideas and, with it, of the parallel between Platonic Ideas and the thing-in-itself.