Single Idea 21470

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 1. Realism]

Full Idea

Thing in itself signifies that which exists independently of our perception, that which actually is; …to Kant it was '= x'; to me it is will.

Gist of Idea

For me the objective thing-in-itself is the will


Arthur Schopenhauer (Parerga and Paralipomena [1851], IV:61)

Book Reference

Schopenhauer,Arthur: 'Essays and Aphorisms [from Pand P]', ed/tr. Hollingdale,R.J. [Penguin 1970], p.55

A Reaction

Does he mean his own will, which is plausible since he has direct experience of it, or is he referring will in general - whatever that is?