Evidently, this is not enough reason to assume that Finnegans
Wake has anything to do with Schopenhauer's philosophy. The only clear
reference to the German philosopher is the word "schoppinhour", which is
only one of many philosophers' names, possibly intended as a parody of
Wyndham Lewis's stilted style. In fact, there are almost as many philosophers
in this fable as insects. One could just as well argue that Joyce might
have simply thrown in the word "schoppinhour" the way he added the word
"hoppy" (FW 414.22), both as a possible reference to the adjective "shoppy"
which Wyndham Lewis used to describe Joyce as essentially a "craftsman".
Cf. Wyndham Lewis: "there is not very much reflection going on at any time
inside the head of Mr James Joyce. That is indeed the characteristic condition
of the craftsman, pure and simple. And that is what Joyce is above
all things, essentially the crafsman. (...) I do not mean by this that
he works harder or more thoroughly than other people, but that he is not
so much an inventive intelligence as an executant. He is certainly very
'shoppy' (...)" (Lewis, 201).