Wittgenstein, Schopenhauer and the Metaphysics of Suicide





Asceticism. Schopenhauer. Suicide. Transcendental Ethics. Wittgenstein.


In this paper, I argue that the meaning of Wittgenstein’s remarks on suicide should be elucidated against the background of the transcendental picture that permeates Wittgenstein’s early writings. This picture is, in its essentials, Schopenhauer’s metaphysics of the Will. It is part of my purpose here to argue that the question of suicide such as Wittgenstein raises it, far from being a side issue, is internally related to problems concerning the ethical integration of Will and world, and the meaning of the world. As it will be seen, Wittgenstein manages to present a highly original view on the fundamental character of ethics that combines asceticism with an affirmative attitude to the world. Suicide would undermine ethics. As such, it stands for a nihilistic worldview.


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Biografia do Autor

Modesto Gómez-Alonso, University of Edinburgh / Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca

Modesto Gómez-Alonso is currently Research Assistant at the EIDYN Research Centre, University of Edinburgh Senior, as well as Lecturer of Philosophy at the Catholic University of Salamanca. His research interests include virtue epistemology, radical scepticism, and the metaphysics of dispositions. Some of his recent publications include “Cartesian Humility and Pyrrhonian Passivity” (Logos & Episteme, 2016), “Against a Nomic Virtue Epistemology” (Análisis. Revista de Investigación filosófica, 2016), “Wittgenstein on the Will and Voluntary Action,” in Action, Decision-Making, and Forms of Life, ed. Jesús Padilla Gálvez (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter, 2016), and “Descartes on the Intellectual Nature of Human Sense Perception” (Análisis. Revista de Investigación filosófica, 2015). 


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Gómez-Alonso, M. (2018). Wittgenstein, Schopenhauer and the Metaphysics of Suicide. Revista De Filosofia Aurora, 30(49). https://doi.org/10.7213/1980-5934.30.049.AO02



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