Sarah Hammad


This thesis aims to juxtapose Freud's and Schopenhauer's doctrines, in the hopes of reaching a richer understanding of both thinkers. Both Freud and Schopenhauer believed that the way we viewed the world and ourselves was lacking, to a certain extent even distorted, and that such lack was due to our constitutional focus on ourselves, a focus developed from the absolute need for self-preservation. They both also called for a truer less distorted form of knowledge, a knowledge that could reach the essence of ourselves and therefore of the world. This thesis attempts to bring those two daring minds closer together in order for such a mutual augmentation to occur. The focal point of contact between the two will be the experience of art.


Philosophy Department

Degree Name

MA in Philosophy

Graduation Date


Submission Date

February 2018

First Advisor

Stelzer, Steffen

Committee Member 1

Fincham, Richard

Committee Member 2

Switzer, Robert


75 p.

Document Type

Master's Thesis


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