THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE UNCONSCIOUS : Volume I - by Eduard von HARTMANN
A Masterpiece of Philosophy that bridges the gap between Schopenhauer's theory of the Will and Freud's theory of the Subconscious. This is a colossal, 3-volume, 1000-page work, but its delvings into the nature of the Universe as essentially 'Unconscious' is still massively in need of being read today. The author's original prefaces, an interview with the author, an introductory essay on von Hartmann, bibliography, annotations and portraits are all included. W.C. Coupland's original translation of the work has been meticulously re-edited and the book has been made more readable for a 21st century audience.
"Our measurements of the rich territory of the Me are far too small or narrow when we omit the immense realm of the Unconscious, this real interior Africa in every sense." Jean-Paul Richter
A Missing Link between Philosophy & Psychology: A brand new edition of this masterpiece of philosophical thinking, which investigates the many aspects of the "Unconscious", a concept which had been touched on by thinkers before, yet which von Hartmann alone explored in such penetrating depth. - This work will be of interest both to a psychological and philosophical readership, though it will also be of interest for readers in other related fields (science, nature, biology, neorology), as well as for the general reader who wishes to appreciate one of the most important stages in the history of thought. For von Hartmann, along with Gustav Fechner, J.F. Herbart, C.G. Carus, and W. Wundt, stands as one of the founding fathers of Modern Psychology. In fact, he is the little understood link between the profound philosophical thinking of Arthur Schopenhauer and the theories of the Sub-Conscious of Sigmund Freud. In this vast work von Hartmann discusses 26 aspects of the Unconscious, though he ventures far beyond the realms of psychology by developing his theory into a complete philosophical system.
Quick Glimpse of this Volume: In the present volume Hartmann's focus is upon the Unconscious in bodily life and in the human mind, and it is this stage that will be of the most interest to students of psychology.
"Annihilate the consciousness of the object, you annihilate the consciousness of the operation" Sir William Hamilton
More about this Volume: Volume I looks at the 'Unconscious' as it expresses itself through bodily and mental life, both in humans and in animals, providing a rich wealth of examples to support all of the points that are set forth. He even provides mathematical proof relating to the reason why we assume an end to the aims in nature. Supplementary materials included in this volume are:
Packed with Extra Features: The Introductory Essay 'The Philosopher of the Unconscious' (by Edouard d'Araille) describes the impact and relevance of Eduard von Hartmann's thought for today, considering each of the three volumes separately, explaining their position in regard to the prior history of thought and their influences on the following eras.
- The Translator's Preface (William C. Coupland) helps us appreciate more about this work by giving us some pertinent facts about the writer's life, and mentioning some of the challenges of translation.
- An Essay called "The Great Quietus" by Edgar Everson Saltus (extracted from his book 'The Philosophy of Disenchantment') offers us a rare chance to see Eduard von Hartmann at home in the early 1880's, visited by an American writer who gives us a lively and succinct account of his 'Pessimism', while interviewing him about varied aspects of his thought.
- A Select Bibliography, of most use to the scholar who wishes to take his research into Hartmann's thought one stage further, furnishes not only a chronological listing of the author's major works, but also a list of English translations, plus books and articles describing his life and work. Titles in English/ German.
The Author's Prefaces to the 7th, 8th and 9th Editions of his work are also included, which provide many valuable remarks of the writer that help demystify his philosophy.
- A Portrait of the Author (Photo-Gravure style)