XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Schopenhauer and the "Neglected Alternative" Objection

Sandra Lynne Shapshay

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


For well over a hundred years, Kant scholars have examined the importance of the famous “neglected alternative” (NA) objection to transcendental idealism. However, very little attention has been paid to what NA means for Schopenhauer’s system. I seek to redress this lacuna by determining to what extent this self-proclaimed true heir to Kant, also inherited one of his thornier problems. I shall explain how he acknowledged and took seriously NA (avant la lettre). Next, I evaluate the arguments he gave against NA and in favor of the exclusive subjectivity of space and time, and thus for the aspatiotemporal character of the thing in itself (AT). Finally, I address the threat posed by NA for Schopenhauer’s thought in general. This investigation ultimately yields a clearer understanding of the basis upon which Schopenhauer founded his metaphysics, a basis which has not been sufficiently appreciated by commentators to date.