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A compact discussion of being, truth, and reality by Karl Jaspers (1883-1969), the founder of German existentialism.
ebook, 128 pages
Published November 24th 2010 by University of Pennsylvania Press (first published 1938)
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Lester Ballard
I just reread this. This book is a perfect introduction for someone interested in the (post)modern German flavor of existentialism, and at 99 pages, it's a very manageable read (I started it yesterday and finished it today, for example). Jaspers divides the work into three parts: Being, Truth, and Reality. The chapter on Being is a particularly excellent summation of participation in knowledge of an aspect of a dynamic Being. Later chapters, while still good, are somewhat vague or oversimple if ...more
I was thrilled to read Jaspers' short book Philosophy of Existence. For Jaspers, philosophy is different from science but necessary for science, and conversely science is necessary for philosophy, for at least the function of defining the boundaries of philosophizing. Moreover, philosophy is different from both science and religion, yet is bound to both. Religion is the source from which philosophizing springs. Science is essential to philosophy and one must know science in order to learn how to ...more
Jul 17, 2008 Beli_grrl rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Dear God this is difficult. 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. I think what he's saying is that only when you realize that you can't know truth or reality do you catch a glimpse of it. And even then not really.

There's a lot of stuff about transcendence and Existenz. And being. An
Ian Purkis
"There is an ancient saying that in the sciences a little knowledge leads away from faith, but that complete knowledge leads back to it.

....We can apply the saying about the sciences to philosophy: a little philosophy leads away from reality, but complete philosophy leads back to it." Jaspers
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Jaspers was born in Oldenburg in 1883 to a mother from a local farming community, and a jurist father. 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. It soon became clear that Jaspers did not particularly enjoy law, and he switched to studying medicine in 1902.

Jaspers graduated from medica
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