Year: 2000 Source: Continental Philosophy Review, v.33, no.1, (January 2000), p.43-58 SIEC No: 20021395

This article investigates Schopenhauer’s views on suicide & explores what the author claims is an inconsistency embodied in Schopenhauer’s attitude toward suicide. He argues that if the aim of life is death, & death is an unreal aspect of the world as appearance, then there appears to be no justification why the philosopher should not rush headlong into it – in order to fulfill life’s purpose by ending it for distinctly philsophical reasons immediately upon arriving at an understanding of the appearance-reality distinction.