Morality and the Human Condition, #18–Pascal or Schopenhauer? Optimism or Pessimism?

By Robert Hanna

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction

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This installment contains section VI.3.

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VI.3 Pascal or Schopenhauer? Optimism or Pessimism?

My own view is that Pascal is right, and Schopenhauer is wrong.

NOTE

[i] See, e.g., D. Benatar, Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming into Existence (Oxford: Clarendon/Oxford Univ. Press, 2006). See also J. Rothman, “The Case For Not Being Born,” The New Yorker (27 November 2017), available online at URL = <https://www.newyorker.com/culture/persons-of-interest/the-case-for-not-being-born>; Rothman’s very interesting article kicks off with this: “David Benatar may be the [contemporary] world’s most pessimistic philosopher.”

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