Reason and Existenz: Five Lectures

Reason and Existenz: Five Lectures

Reason and Existenz: Five Lectures

Reason and Existenz: Five Lectures

Synopsis

"With the publication of Reason and Existenz, originally delivered as a series of five lectures at the University of Groningen in 1935, one of the most important of Jaspers's philosophic works is made available to the English-speaking world. It concerns itself with a general statement of the principal philosophic categories which have given uniqueness to Jaspers's thinking: existence, freedom, and history, and the limit-situations of death, suffering, and sin. 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." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

The text, of course, speaks for itself. But it may be of some assistance to the reader coming to Jaspers for the first time in English to have in mind the basic intent of his philosophizing. And, first of all, this intent has little to do with setting forth a new hypothesis about anything. Jaspers is not interested in sketching a picture of the physical world, or in outlining the nature of man, or in giving us a new metaphysical theory. Rather his philosophizing is designed to reawaken us to our own authentic human situation. And this situation, he is convinced, is of such a sort than any effort to freeze it conceptually or dogmatically, any attempt to schematize it exhaustively, or turn it into something known, must end both in a falsification of the situation itself and in a destruction of our own authentic possibilities. It is the aim of his philosophizing, then, to call attention to the limits of knowledge, not with the sceptical purpose of disposing of knowledge altogether, but rather in order to let the truth which always lies just beyond those limits shine . . .

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