December 4, 2018

Arthur Schopenhauer’s understanding of representation: Selected seed concepts for later philosophical practice and psychotherapy

Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, 4th floor at 12h

The two-hour seminar will consider some of the concepts and arguments espoused by Schopenhauer in the first book of the first volume of his World as Will and Representation, primarily in light of their later role in applied philosophy, and especially in philosophical practice and psychotherapy. Through this workshop we are primarily interested in specific themes which Schopenhauer developes, and which have either become a classic instrument or assumption in philosophical practice and psychotherapy, or have the potential to significantly advance the further development of these disciplines. Schopenhauer’s understanding of representation, as well as his view of emotions as (the sole) factual motivational factors of human behaviour, have been insufficiently studied although they are key for the later development of applied philosophy as a whole, and especially philosophical practice and psychotherapy. The workshop considers some of these concepts, without limiting the discussion to the overall context of Schopenhauer’s systematic thought. In this sense, the workshop will focus on the potential of Schopenhauer’s conceptual and methodological legacy for practical philosophy, rather than on an exegesis of Schopenahuer’s philosophy as a whole.

The workshop will be conducted by Aleksandar Fatić, Professor of Philosophy and Research Professor at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade and President of the Serbian Association of Philosophical Practitioners. Aleksandar’s key interests include, apart from philosophical practice, bioethics and political theory, as well as the applied philosophy of religion. His newest book is Virtue as Identity: Emotions and the Moral Personality (

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