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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Jaspers thus attributed to transcendental ideas a substantial and experiential content. Jaspers thought that an honest solution to the diversity of philosophical attitudes must lie in virtues like openness and tolerance.

He published research on paranoia, delusions and diagnostic criteria; he suggested a number of innovations in treating mental illness and is credited with inaugurating the biographical method in psychiatry taking extensive background histories and noting how patients themselves feel about their symptoms.

In the first place, it is argued that he did not found a particular philosophical school. In this, he argued that the freedom of consciousness to overcome its limits and antinomies can only be elaborated through speech: Translated as, Philosophy, trans. Philosophy and Religion 6. The planned project consists of three major divisions, altogether comprising 50 volumes: The Philosophy of Karl JaspersDublin: Existenzfollowing Kierkegaard, is the active, feeling, and thinking interface of an individual with the world, in time.

He published a paper in in which he addressed the problem of whether paranoia was an aspect of personality or the result of biological changes. Chicago University Press, — Schriften zur Existenzphilosophie Dominic Kaegi Hrsg.

Existentialist writers do not appear peychology share any system of belief or ethic, but instead an orientation to the main problem of existence itself. We have to renounce late forms of philosophy because they fall short of the root form of philosophy in its still inchoate primordial state. Existentialism was, and remains, a highly diffuse theoretical movement, and it cannot be expected that two philosophers connected with this movement should hold similar views in all respects.

It is not what we are looking at lsychology making observations in psychology.

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

He implied, at one level, that purely secularist accounts of human life occlude existence against its originary transcendent possibilities and freedoms. Secondary delusions, on the other hand, he defined as those influenced by the person’s background, current situation or mental state.


University of Toronto Press. Translated as The Great Philosophersvolume I, trans. Jaspers thought that he had found a middle ground between partisanship and assertion of exclusive claims to the truth and relativism where adjudicating standards of assessment are ruled out because all viewpoints are leveled as free products of human creativity.

Karl Jaspers

In his mature philosophy, therefore, Jaspers transformed the Kantian transcendental ideas into ideas of transcendencein which consciousness apprehends and elaborates the possibility of substantial or psycholoyg knowledge and self-knowledge. Realism, in this psycholpgy, is more like what Socrates teaches — i. His views on German re-unification were also particularly influential; he opposed the dominant outlooks of the time by claiming that the demand for re-unification meant that German politics remained infected with the damaging traces of old geo-political ideas and ambitions, and pssychology prevented the fundamental redirection of German political life.

For now, the following volumes exist: The biography of Karl Jaspers gives an indication og the immense scope of his work. Indeed, through his hermeneutical transformation of idealism into a metaphysics of symbolic interpretation, he might be seen, like both Schelling and Johann Georg Hamann before him, as a philosopher who was intent on re-invoking the truth of revelation, as an absolute 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.

Glenn Gray, in D. The later work presents the university as a free community of scholars and students engaged in the task of seeking truth.

Karl Jaspers on Max Weber. 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.

His observations of both Nazism and Communism led him to attack all forms of totalitarianism. It is not even a psychic phenomenon. Kant and Hegel both use the term Weltanschauung worldview to indicate comprehensive perspectives such as we associate with religious traditions.

Instead, he has merely used concepts currently enshrined in the culture and current in the medical practice of the day without thoroughly thinking through the situations these concepts purport to describe. Plato and Heidegger are alike in looking at philosophy as something that comes to man — something received — withdrawing from the hubbub and standing jaxpers awe of being. The first two volumes of this work appeared inwhile the third and fourth have been gathered from the vast material of his posthumous papers.


The final Heidegger has given up the idea of staying in the process of questioning expectations and preserving oneself in problematizing experience because these formulations speak to a powerful sense of agency that he no longer feels. It is of course absurd to try to accomplish this since wherever we end up, we are still enclosed in a space. Heidegger rejects this view and argues for the loneliness of genuine thought. Although it did not broach new ideas, this article introduced a rather unusual method of study, at least according to the norms then prevalent.

Jaspers considered Weber to be the greatest man of his time — a true exemplar of scientific consciousness, humanitarianism, comprehensive learning and political courage.

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

The Future of Mankind. Not unlike FreudJaspers studied patients in detail, giving biographical information about the patients as well as notes on how the patients themselves felt about their symptoms. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Inat the age of 38, Jaspers turned from psychology to philosophyexpanding on themes he had developed in his psychiatric works. Alone — Jasperrs sink into gloom — in community — I rise into fulfillment in the work of mutual discovery.

Heidegger asks Jaspers the interesting question: As a young man, storming the gates, he thought that it was possible for a person to create himself entirely by will, with an intensity of being-toward-death which, in retrospect, matches a generation of young people throwing themselves into war, bringing death and living with death.