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June 23, 2011

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I read up on Schopenhauer a little - the first western Philosopher well versed in Hindu and Buddhist texts but out of touch with the science of his day. See http://www.friesian.com/arthur.htm
"Schopenhauer did not understand the new physics of light and electricity that had been developed by Thomas Young (1773-1829) and Michael Faraday (1791-1867). He disparaged the wave theory of light, which Young had definitively established, as a "crude materialism," and "mechanical, Democritean, ponderous, and truly clumsy" [Dover, p. 123]. Unfortunately, Schopenhauer does not seem to have understood the evidence for Young's discoveries about light, or even for Newton's -- he still clung to Goethe's clever but clueless theory of colors."
Sounds vaguely familiar...

It´s been a while since I read Schopenhauer, but from what I remember he put the will as reason for the existance of the universe (If his "will" reflects the buddhist karma can be debated)

Although somewhat an Idealist (He opens his main work, "the world as will an representation", with "Die Welt ist meine Vorstellung"(the world is my representation)", he is not in agreement with the German Idealists since he says that all things are manifestations of the (blind) will (to live)

Hegel would agree, yes. You might also look at Schopenhauer and/or Kant

"mind-only" reminds me of Hegel and absolute Idealism. For Hegel, the mind is not only primary but the only thing that is existing, matter being merely a specific form of spirit/mind.

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