Dive deep into Karl Jaspers’ Reason and Existenz with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. “With the publication of Reason and Existenz, originally delivered as a series of five lectures at the University of Groningen in , one of the most important of. Reason and Existenz: Karl Jaspers: Conflict with the Nazi authorities: entitled Vernunft und Existenz (Reason and Existenz, ), appeared; in a book.

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Karl Jaspers – – Hamden, Conn. Miron, Ronny,Karl Jaspers: Edistenz his mature philosophy, therefore, Jaspers transformed the Kantian transcendental ideas into ideas of transcendencein which consciousness apprehends and elaborates the possibility of substantial or metaphysical knowledge and self-knowledge.

Limit situations are moments, usually accompanied by experiences of dread, guilt or acute anxiety, in which the human mind confronts the restrictions and pathological narrowness of reaason existing forms, and allows itself to abandon the securities of its limitedness, and so to enter new realm of self-consciousness.

Even in his last writings of the s, in which he declared tentative support for the activities of the student movement aroundexisgenz remain traces of elite-democratic sympathy. Return to Book Page. Lists with This Book. He showed an early interest in philosophy, but his father’s experience with the legal system undoubtedly influenced his decision to study law at University of Heidelberg.

Written shortly after Jaspers’s major systematic work and before his analysis of the problem of truth, Reason and Existenz occupies a primary position in the development of his thought. Indeed, both neo-Kantians and phenomenological philosophers subjected his work to trenchant criticism in the early stages of his philosophical trajectory, and members of both these camps, especially Rickert and Edmund Husserl, accused him of importing anthropological and experiential questions into aand and thus of contaminating philosophical analysis with contents properly pertaining to other disciplines.

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Karl Jaspers

It is the task of psychological intervention, Jaspers thus argued, to guide human existence beyond the restricted antinomies around which it stabilizes itself, and to allow it decisively to confront the more authentic possibilities, of subjective and objective life, which it effaces through its normal rational dispositions and attitudes.


In its orthodox form, however, religion normally reasson the knowledge of transcendence which it purports to offer. Despite the at times envenomed kqrl between them, however, Heidegger and Jaspers are usually associated with each other as the jadpers founding fathers of existential philosophy in Germany.

At the same time, however, he also claimed that rationality possesses capacities of communicative integrity and phenomenological self-overcoming, and, if authentically exercised, it is able to escape its narrowly functional form, to expose itself to new contents beyond its limits and antinomies, and to elaborate new and more cognitively unified conceptual structures.

Beginning with modern science and empiricism, Jaspers points out that as we question reality, we confront borders that an empirical or scientific method simply cannot transcend. Also, Jaspers published reports of the mental pathology of Van Gogh and Stirnberg.

He was insistent that existtenz can only be interpreted as an element of radical alterity in reason, or as reason’s experience of its own limits.

Reason and Existenz by Karl Jaspers

Instead, all world views contain an element of pathology; they incorporate strategies of defensiveness, suppression and subterfuge, and they are concentrated around false certainties or spuriously objectivized modes of rationality, into which the human mind withdraws in order to obtain security amongst the frighteningly limitless possibilities of human existence.

For example, in diagnosing a hallucinationit is more important to note that a person experiences visual phenomena when no sensory stimuli account for them, than to note what the jjaspers sees. Translated as The Origin and the Goal of Historytrans. Indeed, through his hermeneutical transformation of idealism into a metaphysics of symbolic interpretation, he might be qnd, like both Schelling and Johann Georg Hamann before him, as a philosopher who was intent on re-invoking the truth of revelation, as an exisetnz and non-identical content of knowledge, against the rational evidences of epistemology, and so on elaborating an interpretive methodology adapted to a conception of truth as disclosed or revealed.


Reason and Existenz

Samay, Sebastian,Resson Revisited: The most considerably revised and expanded edition is the fourth, which appeared in He implied, at one level, that purely secularist accounts of human life occlude existence against its originary transcendent possibilities and freedoms.

The work on this edition at the Universities of Heidelberg and Oldenburg is projected to take 18 years and is the fruit of cooperation with the Karl Jaspers Foundation in Basel.

Jaspers also entered public debates with Rudolf Bultmannwherein Jaspers roundly criticized Bultmann’s ” demythologizing ” of Christianity. As a young man, he authored a number of scientific articles on homesickness and crime, on intelligence tests, on hallucinations — all illustrated with detailed case histories.

Elizabeth rated it liked it May 13, At the same time, however, Jaspers cannot in any obvious way be described as a religious philosopher. Most especially, however, like Heidegger, he took from Nietzsche a critical approach to the residues of metaphysics in European philosophy, and he denied the existence of essences which are external or indifferent to human experience. This work is considered as a transitional work, in which his psychological method was clearly shaped by philosophical influences and objectives, and was already evolving into a consistent philosophical doctrine and acquiring some of exisetnz main issues that were to be explored later within his philosophy of existence.

This entry has no external links. This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat Throughout the middle decades of the twentieth century he exercised considerable influence on a number of areas of philosophical inquiry: