Schopenhauer and Wittgenstein: Assessing the Buddhist influences on their conceptions of ethics

Milan Vukomanovic
2004 Filozofija i Društvo  
In the first part of this essay, the author discusses certain aspects of the Hindu and Buddhist philosophical and religious conceptions that could have made some impact on the European ethics before Schopenhauer. In the second part, he deals with various channels of possible Buddhist influence on Schopenhauer's ethical thought. Finally, in discussing Buddhist-Wittgenstein relationship, one is confronted with convergent, yet independent, responses to similar sets of problems. Independently, and
more » ... ess systematically than Buddhist philosophical schools, Wittgenstein indicates the way of liberation that cures from the "metaphysical pain" emerging from inappropriate use of language. His own project, however, was not metaphysical, but meta-linguistic in a very specific sense. The philosophical "cure" from the language disease leads ultimately to the "purification" and "decontamination" of thought: in turn, the mind rests in peace and silence before the senseless, paradoxical questions of the moral, esthetical, religious or metaphysical character.
doi:10.2298/fid0424163v fatcat:2strxvdsofbrfgariv77oposc4