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Philosophy of Existence
     

Philosophy of Existence

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by Karl Jaspers
 

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Philosophy of Existence was first presented to the public as a series of lectures invited by The German Academy of Frankfurt. In preparing these lectures Jaspers, whom the Nazis had already dismissed from his professorship at Heidelberg, knew that he was speaking in Germany for the last time. Jaspers used the occasion to offer an account of the cultural and

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Philosophy of Existence was first presented to the public as a series of lectures invited by The German Academy of Frankfurt. In preparing these lectures Jaspers, whom the Nazis had already dismissed from his professorship at Heidelberg, knew that he was speaking in Germany for the last time. Jaspers used the occasion to offer an account of the cultural and intellectual situation from which existentialism emerged as well as a summary of his own philosophy.

The book serves three purposes today: it brings the many strands of the existential movement into focus; it provides an overview of Jaspers's own philosophical position; and it demonstrates by example that philosophy need not be irrational, antiscientific, journalistic, or homiletic in order to be existential and engagé. In this short book Jaspers provides a corrective for the popular view of existentialism as a pessimistic, irrationalist philosophy. He maintains that it is, rather part of mainstream of Western philosophy—the form that philosophy has taken in our day.

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"The finest introduction to Jaspers's own comprehensive philosophy and to existentialism as a philosophical movement."—John R. Silber

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ISBN-13:
9780812200867
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
11/24/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
347 KB

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Karl Jaspers (1883-1969)--"founder of German Existentialism" (Martin Heidegger) and "a lucid and flexible intelligence in the service of a genuine and passionate concern for human life" (William Barrett)--is one of the great thinkers of modern times. His many books--best known among them are The Great Philosophers, The Future of Mankind, and The Question of German Guilt--have been translated into every Western language.

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Philosophy of Existence 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found introduction a little informative. After that Jasper doesn't deliver a clear explanation of his understanding of existentialism--ontology.