The Search for Being: Essays from Kierkegaard to Sarte on the Problem of Existence

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KARL JASPERS (1833- )

KARL JASPERSbegan his academic career studying law and then medicine. His professional life began in the practice of psychiatry out of which experience he lectured on psychology at the University of Heidelberg and wrote his first major works, Allgemeine Psychopathologie and Psychologie der Weltanschauungen. This latter work marks his shift to philosophical studies and to a professorship in philosophy at the University of Heidelberg and, later, at the University of Basel.

For Jarpers philosophy is not she attempt to give definitive form to a body of knowledge about man in his universe. Philosophy is rather a way, an activity of the human mind moving toward the ultimate truth which can never become an object of knowledge, but which can be encountered in that process of thought which he calls "transcending thinking". Truth is always on the way, always in movement and never becomes final, not even in its most wonderful crystallizations. Thought is never at rest in its own content.

God, Man, and the World, while they may become objects of our attention can never become objects of knowledge. Their authentic being, their fundamental reality, always recedes beyond the limits of objectification, defying confinement and circumscription. They are, therefore, objects of encounter during the process of reflective thinking but encountered at the limits or boundaries of knowledge. The objects of knowledge or reflection, whether the products of scientific, aesthetic, mythical, philosophical, psychological, or merely common-senre experience are not ends and results

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  • Title Page 3
  • Preface 5
  • Acknowledgments 6
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS 7
  • Introduction 9
  • PART I. THE EXISTENTIAL DEMAND OF BEING 27
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Von Schelling (1775-1854) 29
  • SØren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) 49
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900). 97
  • PART II. THE SELF-CREATING PRINCIPLE OF BEING 135
  • FÉlix Ravaisson-Mollien (1813-1900) 137
  • Jules Lachelier (1832-1918) 151
  • Henri Bergson (1859-1941) 175
  • Jean-Paul Sartre (1905- ) 217
  • PART III. THE HISTORICAL MODES OF BEING 281
  • Wilhelm Dilthey (1833-1911) 283
  • Georg Simmel (1838-1918) 313
  • Max Scheler (1874-1928) 345
  • Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) 377
  • PART IV. THE ENCOUNTER OF BEINGS WITH BEING 415
  • Gabriel Marcel (1889- ) 417
  • Karl Jaspers (1833- ) 451
  • Martin Heidegger (1889- ) 491
  • SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY 521
  • Index 535
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