The aim of this chapter is to analyze how Schopenhauer employed and developed the concept of Trieb in his philosophy of nature. It elucidates that Schopenhauer was adamant in distinguishing the Trieb from the will and gave the Trieb an important role in defining some characteristics of his metaphysics of nature—against reductionism and for explaining the complexity of organic life. Moreover, the chapter reconstructs how the Trieb—through Blumenbach’s Bildungstrieb—found its place in Schopenhauer’s philosophy of biology. Finally, it focuses on his criticism of physico-theology (as in Kunsttrieb) and on his most famous application of the Trieb, namely the sexual drive in organic life and its effects in human society as “sexual love”.

Trieb and Triebe in Schopenhauer’s Metaphysics of Nature

marco segala
2022

Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to analyze how Schopenhauer employed and developed the concept of Trieb in his philosophy of nature. It elucidates that Schopenhauer was adamant in distinguishing the Trieb from the will and gave the Trieb an important role in defining some characteristics of his metaphysics of nature—against reductionism and for explaining the complexity of organic life. Moreover, the chapter reconstructs how the Trieb—through Blumenbach’s Bildungstrieb—found its place in Schopenhauer’s philosophy of biology. Finally, it focuses on his criticism of physico-theology (as in Kunsttrieb) and on his most famous application of the Trieb, namely the sexual drive in organic life and its effects in human society as “sexual love”.
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