Bibliography of the Writings of Karl Jaspers to Spring compiled by Kurt Rossman – – In Karl Jaspers & Paul Arthur Schilpp (eds.), The Philosophy of . Karl Jaspers (–) began his academic career working as a . his Psychologie der Weltanschauungen (Psychology of World Views). Karl Theodor Jaspers was a German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher who had a strong In , at the age of 38, Jaspers turned from psychology to philosophy, expanding on themes he had developed in his psychiatric works.

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The Psychology of Worldviews: Jaspers/Heidegger – Presencing EPIS

Jaspers was born in Oldenburg in to a mother from a local farming community, and a jurist father. Then, inhe took over the full professorial chair of philosophy in the University of Heidelberg after Heinrich Maiera position from which he was dismissed in by the Nazis. From onward, Jaspers read philosophy systematically. Jaspers began studying philosophy relatively late in life in an effort to give some frame to his developing ideas about selfhood, society, and more transcendent themes.

The first edition is the shortest. Regarding religion, Jaspers was a nonbeliever who, however, identified with Christianity as his heritage especially its biblical, Judaic foundations. One of his first works was entitled Psychology of World Views Also, Jaspers published reports of the mental pathology of Van Gogh and Stirnberg.

Instead of deciding between the different existing approaches of his time, he stressed their peculiarity that entails the inherent justifications and the way they might complement each other and together portray the many sides of the psychopathological psyhology. After the war he resumed his teaching position, and in his work The Question of German Guilt he unabashedly examined the culpability of Germany as a whole in the atrocities of Hitler ‘s Third Reich.

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Secondary delusions, on the other hand, he defined as those influenced by the person’s background, current situation or mental state.

Jaspers identified with the liberal political philosophy of Max Weberalthough he rejected Weber’s nationalism.

Your email address will not be published. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. It is replying to something, mediated by the culture, but also transcending the culture. It does not worldgiews hypotheses, test them, or work towards any intersubjective consensus.

University of Toronto Press. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 6. However, he also saw that totalitarian tendency in the Western technocracies which he saw as oppressive of freedom and individuality. His intellectual formation was marked in a number of ways by this intellectual milieu. Hans-Georg Gadamer restates this idea in a famous passage in his work Truth and Method:. Jaspers also distinguished between primary and secondary delusions.

He has uncovered the activating human responsiveness out of which philosophy emerges. However, existentialism had certain unifying features, and many of these were common to both Jaspers and Heidegger. The later work presents the university as a free community of scholars and students engaged in the task of seeking truth. He was clearly opposed to the naturalistic vitalism evolving from Nietzsche’s work, and his emphasis on human subjectivity as a locus of truthful transcendence meant that Kierkegaard, rather than Nietzsche, was the existential prototype for his work.

For Jaspers, however, such mythological elements are an important way of approaching transcendent knowledge, as well as a means of discovering similarities in different systems of thought, thereby giving rise to a culture of tolerance. A Guide for Students, Physicians and Psychologists. He studied law briefly, switched to medicine, and in started a career as a psychiatrist at the University of Heidelberg psychiatric clinic, where he wrote his first groundbreaking work, General Psychopathologyin In the early stages of its evolution, therefore, existentialism might be described as a theoretical stance which: Open Court Publishing Company.


The attitude of consciousness which apprehends its limits and its possible transcendence can therefore only be jaaspers attitude of foundering or failing Scheiternand transcendence can intrude in human consciousness only as an experience of the absolute insufficiency of this consciousness for interpreting its originary or metaphysical character.

He shows that Jaspers has caught hold of the fundamental philosophical experience. However, in addition to its concern with Hegelian themes, Philosophy also contains a fundamental reconstruction of Kantian themes, it has its foundation in a critical reconstruction of Kant’s doctrine of transcendental ideas, and it is built around an endeavour to explain the elements of Kantian idealism as a systematic doctrine of subjective-metaphysical experience.

Karl Jaspers’ Concept of Universal History in the Context of his Age and Ours

For Jaspers the human task is to practice humanity philosophy, worldvieds human thought and endeavor, are what we make them. As such, the university and the scholars that populate it can and should play a decisive role in rehabilitation of Europe based on the noblest ideas of the enlightenment. He was a lecturer and later an Associate Professor of Psychology Privatdozent from to Jaspers looks around and sees the infinite whole of life and he thinks that he can begin philosophical questioning from this basic experience.

The point of the offering is not to win over kalr other person psycholpgy persuade anyone of anything, but to establish and preserve the cosmos of worldviews.

Philosophy confronts absurdity and also creates absurdity but ultimately learns to work with absurdity.

Despite this, the horizon recedes and encircles me wherever I turn.