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Quaternion of the Examples of a Philosophical Influence: Schopenhauer-Dostoevsky-Nietzsche-Cioran


Daria Lebedeva

The philosophical influence is a concept, a methodological tool and a process worth inquiring, because it sets the frame for the philosopher’s contribution into tradition. This study takes a close look at the philosophical influence on the dependence and inter-dependence between ideas and concepts, currents and tendencies and the experiences that every philosopher inherited from past tradition. It also presents four philosophers in order to identify the roots of influence: Arthur Schopenhauer, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Friedrich Nietzsche and Emil Cioran.
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The very issue of philosophical influence in its further development touches – and it is regularly – the problem of the possibility of the legitimacy and formulation of novelty in the Modern philosophy. The discussion of the issue of novelty goes beyond the aim of the work, but some theses might be jointed down in the last words of the work. As it has been formulated throughout the work that the subsequent philosopher under one particular tradition adopting some concepts, in an own way interprets them by adding new touches to the meaning of it, exactly these new addings are to be a potential sign of the novelty to be developed. Certainly, the degree of the every adding – the novelty in the projection – differs, but the presence of it is already inspiring. The newness in the interpretation of the old concepts as a race horse rushing only forward using the old material as a millet to gain energy. The very orientation to forward neglects the looking back, allegedly fearing to roll the neck, albeit, the roots -that are still seen through the new covering- exactly signal the constant presence of the past, so, in the terms of the chronology of the history of the European philosophy: Antiquity- Middle Ages (with the phase of Renaissance)– Modernity (some add Postmodernity), the transition from one period to another one turns to be a bit questionable. If the classics are remained to be a source of inspiration, it means they are still in a kind of...

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