The Schopenhauer Cure and the Four Noble Truths

  • Abstract

    • Throughout history, human freedom or liberation has been a poignant philosophical discourse. There have been many religious leaders, psychologists, and philosophical thinkers who expounded theories and taught about it. Buddha and Schopenhauer are two such people.

      According to Schopenhauer and Buddha, all human beings, whatever their race or country, are subject to suffering (dukkha), i. e., they suffer from disease, decay, death and anguish in various forms. Because this is such a universal malady common to all humanity, both the Buddha and Schopenhauer advocated a remedy that can be obtained by all mankind without any distinction.

      Some scholars have taken Schopenhauer for his word when he claimed that his philosophy was fundamentally the same as Buddhism. In this research study, comparison will be drawn between the Four Noble Truths of Buddhism and some of the Key Themes in Schopenhauer’s Centre of Philosophy.

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    • Schopenhauer Cure, the Four Noble Truths
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    • Works on Buddhism


      All biblical references are to the Pāḷi Text Society unless otherwise stated (Pāḷi and Translation)


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