chapter  3
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Schopenhauer and Kant

Schopenhauer’s philosophical relations to Kant were very special. I said in my first chapter that it was Kant and Plato who were the great philosophical giants as far as he was concerned. Kant, however, was in a very different position in this respect from Plato. Schopenhauer quotes with approval on many occasions passages from Plato’s dialogues or from Aristotle and other ancient commentators on him. He also adopts the Platonic Ideas in his own system, although with a certain ambiguity as regards their status, and he uses that notion in his treatment of art. It does not strike one, however, that Plato was someone with whom Schopenhauer felt that he was engaged in a dialogue. The position is very different with Kant.