The Author: Ulrich Pothast is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Hannover University of Music and Drama. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Heidelberg University, where he later taught, and has also taught at Bielefeld University. Pothast has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and Columbia University, a Research Associate at U.C. Berkeley, and a Fellow of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute of Advanced Study Berlin). He is the author of many books including Die Unzulanglichkeit der Freiheitsbeweise (1980) and Lebendige Vernunftigkeit (1998). His Die eigentlich metaphysische Tatigkeit (1982) presented the first comprehensive account of Samuel Beckett's use and transformation of Schopenhauerian philosophical notions in his criticism as well as his literary ÷uvre.