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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.

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. 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. Series: Works in Continental Philosophy.

Philosophy of Existence (German: Existenzphilosophie, 1938) is a book by German psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers. It is both a discussion on the history of philosophy and an exposition of Jaspers' own philosophical system, which is often viewed as a form of existentialism.

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Karl Jaspers, Richard F. Grabau (Translator) This is one of the most inscrutable, esoteric works of philosophy I've ever encountered. Grabau (Translator). 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. This is one of the most inscrutable, esoteric works of philosophy I've ever encountered. I'll start to give up on understanding it, and right then, as my mind recoils from it, there's a transcendent moment where I get it. Which I think may be his point.

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Translated by Richard F. Grabau Karl Jaspers (1883-1969)-"founder of German Existentialism" (Martin Heidegger) and "a lucid and flexible intelligence in the service of a genuine an. . Grabau. In this short book Jaspers provides a corrective for the popular view of existentialism as a pessimistic, irrationalist philosophy.

Karl Jaspers (1883–1969) began his academic career working as a psychiatrist and, after a period of.

Karl Jaspers (1883–1969) began his academic career working as a psychiatrist and, after a period of transition, he converted to philosophy in the early 1920s. Jaspers obtained his widest influence, not through his philosophy, but through his writings on governmental conditions in Germany, and after the collapse of National Socialist regime he emerged as a powerful spokesperson for moral-democratic education and reorientation in the Federal Republic of Germany. Despite his importance in the evolution of both philosophy and political theory in twentieth-century Germany, today Jaspers is to a large extent a neglected thinker.

By Karl Jaspers, Richard F. Works in Continental Philosophy ii. Philosophy of Existence. By Karl Jaspers, Richard F. 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 our time. In this compact discussion of "Being, Truth, and Reality" he presents what for him is the complete philosophy: "the concentration whereby man becomes himself by sharing in reality.

Philosophy of Existence - Karl Jaspers. Works in Continental Philosophy by Richard F. University of Pennsylvania Press. Works in Continental Philosophy. by Richard F. English translation by Richard F. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 79-133203. ISBN: 0-8122-7629-9 (Cloth).

Philosophy of Existence. Karl Jaspers: An Introduction to His Philosophy. The English version translated by Richard F. Grabau was published in 1971. Princeton University Press. p. 11 note 2. ISBN 978-1-4008-6861-2.


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Tall
I would echo the previous review of this book. This little book serves as a very readable introduction to Karl Jaspers' philosophy. Karl Jaspers explains the fundamental concepts of his philosophy, The Encompassing, Transcendence, Existenz, the exception, authority, ciphers, the different forms of truth, and reality, while situating the uniqueness of philosophy in relation to science and religion.

I found Karl Jaspers' notion of the Encompassing to be a particularly compelling notion. Stated briefly: we are always more than we can know about ourselves, or, we are always more than what we can objectify about ourselves. And the same is true of being itself. Karl Jaspers seems to have developed the notion of the Encompassing in an effort to avoid all forms of reductionism which would reduce reality, and human existence, to what we can know about them, as well as any attempt to absolutize a relative standpoint.

I would say that the interested reader should begin by reading Richard F. Grabau's preface which provides a really excellent short overview of the entire book. I am a graduate student in philosophy and I have spent a great deal of time studying Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Hediegger, etc., but even with that background I still, sometimes, felt like I was not really grasping the significance of what Karl Jaspers was saying, particularly in relation to his discussions of the exception and authority. The book is very accessible, but there were times when I was not entirely clear how Jaspers discussion of a particular notion fit into his overall philosophy.

I thought Grabau's preface did a great job of summarizing the philosophical significance of all of the concepts that Jaspers works out in the book, as well as the overall architectonic of Jaspers' different realms of the Encompassing and truth. I think I would have enjoyed the book even more if I had read the preface before I read the book rather than after. It is always good to have the overall plan worked out before you read the details. Otherwise it can be hard to grasp the forest from the trees.
Enila
Wonderful explanation of where we are in the bigger picture of awareness of our life and its perspective view of the same.
Gashakar
A Masterpiece
Still In Mind
Karl Jaspers (1883-1969) was a German psychiatrist and existentialist philosopher, who wrote many important books such as Reason and Existenz,Way to Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy,Man in the Modern Age,The Future of Mankind, etc.

Jaspers gave the lectures upon which this book is based in 1937, shortly after he had been dismissed from his professorship at the University of Heidelberg in Germany by the Nazi regime. The lectures were given at the German Academy of Frankfurt, and represented Jaspers' last public appearance for a number of years.

He says in the Introduction, "What is called philosophy of existence is really only a form of the one, primordial philosophy. It is no accident, however, that for the moment the word `existence' became the distinguishing term. It emphasized the task of philosophy that for a time had been almost forgotten: to catch sight of reality at its origin and to grasp it through the way in which I, in thought, deal with myself---in inner action." (Pg. 3)

He says in the first lecture, "For us, being remains open. On all sides it draws us into the unlimited... we ask about being itself, which always seems to recede from us, in the very manifestation of all the appearances we encounter. This being we call the `encompassing.' ... it is the source from which all new horizons emerge, without itself ever being visible even as a horizon. The encompassing always merely announces itself... but it never becomes an OBJECT. Never appearing to us itself, it is that wherein everything else appears. It is also that due to which all things not merely are what they immediately seem to be, but remain transparent." (Pg. 17-18)

He observes, "Little can be seen of a reliable presence of truth. For example, common opinions are for the most part expressions of the need for some support: one would much rather hold to something firm in order to spare himself further thought than face the danger and trouble of incessantly thinking further." (Pg. 33-34)

He states in the third lecture, "Even before we begin to philosophize, the question of reality seems to be already answered in every moment of our life. We deal with things, and obey the modes of reality as they have been handed down to us... In this unquestioning attitude we achieve a seemingly adequate view of the presence of reality. The problem arises only as I become conscious of a lack: when I desire reality that I neither yet know nor myself am, when this reality cannot be deliberately attained by productive and venturesome action or planning in the world, only then do I begin to philosophize. I inquire about reality." (Pg. 65-66)

He summarizes, "1. The first decision of philosophical faith is whether it is possible to think of the world as complete in itself, or whether transcendence guides our thought...Immanence imposes itself as being itself, because it alone is knowable... [but] mere immanence is opaque and superficial... It remains in a hopeless and self-concealing struggle for existence, ending in nothingness... Although concealed, transcendence is present in philosophizing in reality. But what transcendence seems to say is always ambiguous. I must take my chance on the basis of a responsibility that is not annulled by any direct revelation from God. Transcendence is the power through which I am myself... 2. The second decision is whether transcendence leads me out of the world to a denial of the world, or whether it requires me to live and work only in the world. Philosophical faith is bound to the world as the condition of all being for it... If philosophy means learning how to die, it does so ... in the sense that I intensify the present by undiminishing and active fulfillment under the standard of transcendence. Hence, transcendence means nothing to us if all there is for us takes the form of existence." (Pg. 81)

He explains, "Philosophical faith is the substance of a personal life; it is the reality of man philosophizing in his own historic ground, in which he receives himself as a gift. In philosophizing I experience the reality of transcendence unmediated, as that which I myself am not... Philosophical faith is the indispensable source of all genuine philosophizing. From it comes the striving of individuals in the world to experience and investigate the appearances of reality with the aim of attaining the reality of transcendence ever more clearly... philosophical faith... is amenable to no confession of faith. For this faith, thought is the passage out of the dark origin into reality." (Pg. 88-89) Later, he adds, "philosophy presupposes that its thought, which seems to endanger religion, cannot in fact be a threat to a true religion. Whatever does not stand up to thought cannot be genuine... Degenerate religion, however, is justifiably exposed to the danger of attack." (Pg. 92)

This is an excellent overview/introduction to Jaspers' thought, that will be of great help to anyone studying him.
Conjuril
Written between "Philosophie" and "Von der Wahrheit," this slim volume provides a fantastic and surprisingly readable overview of Jaspers' metaphysics. Based on a series of lectures, the text is less technical than Philosophie; however, Jaspers manages to explain the Encompassing, Transcendence, Existenz and Ciphers in moderate detail.
I found Grabau's translation much more lucid than the texts included (for instance) within Walter Kaufmann's "Existentialism from Dostoyevsky to Sartre." Since Grabau's translation of key terms is similar to E. B. Ashton's translation of Philosophie, I have had no trouble going from one to the other.
Overall, I recommend this book for those interested in delving into Jaspers' metaphysics.
Cointrius
The book is a different version...But it is so carefully packed!!!!I was so moved when I saw the packing....At first I thought I had ordered some sort of jewelry....Then I realized it was a book for my philosophy class LOL anyway, thank you seller!
Philosophy of Existence (Works in Continental Philosophy) download epub
Author: Richard F. Grabau,Karl Jaspers
ISBN: 0812276299
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (1971)
Pages: 99 pages