When Schopenhauer talks about his monistic thing in itself is he talking about a 'will' that goes around destroying and wanting right?

But what about the dead stuff they can't 'will' right?

So is there even a physical characteristic(essential to being 'will') in Schopenhauer's world view?What are the interpretations?

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    No, there is no such a characteristic. Everything in the world has the Will aspect in Schopenhauer's metaphysics, including dead and inanimate stuff. Even rocks "will". See SEP, The World as Will. – Conifold Feb 13 at 12:39
  • Isn't Schopenhauer's Will another word for Hindu's Brahman ? If so, the notion of Will is really closer to the self-determination of "God", nothing is then either willing or not except in the sense where they act on the nature of God to whom they belong. So when anything wills, it follows its nature which part of the Brahman (which is following its nature). – Gloserio Feb 13 at 12:46
  • @Gloserio The difference is that Schopenhauer's Will is neither conscious nor rational nor even "spiritual" in any Hinduist or Buddhist sense, it is a blind base urge. – Conifold Feb 13 at 13:02
  • I'm not sure this description would be enough to distinguish Will from Brahman. It would depend on defiinitions. Brahman is not 'spiritual' and may be described as neither rational nor conscious (or not in the way we usually use these words). I reckon N came close to Brahman but would agree he didn't make it all the way. certainly the word 'urge' seems inappropriate, but it might mean no more than following its nature. Just trying to be kind to S. . – user20253 Feb 13 at 13:20
  • @Conifold: indeed, however, Brahman's consciousness does not mean it can alter its will, it's probably to be taken as awareness. Not to say I am an expert in either Hinduism or Schopenhauer. – Gloserio Feb 13 at 13:21

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