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March 13th, 2014 at 8pm

Patric Plesa

Schopenhauer the Psychologist: A philosophy for a comprehensive theory in human psychology.

The paper intends to translate the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) as a well-structured theory of human psychology that provides strong relevance to modern psychology. It will focus on three objectives; interpreting Schopenhauer’s worldview as a psychological theory, outlining the value of Schopenhauer’s pessimistic philosophy, and exploring the behavioural and ethical implications of adopting this view. Very little has been done in the field of psychology toward implementing Schopenhauer's theories, and this research intends to demonstrate the value of these works to psychology. Schopenhauer's philosophy lends itself to a comprehensive theory in human psychology.


Patric Plesa is a 2nd year Masters student enrolled in the History & Theory of Psychology program at York University. His research interests include: Theoretical psychology, mainly in translating works of philosophy for psychology. He is also interested in Romanian cultural psychology and its impact on global psychology as well as its unique methods and practices.

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