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  • Series: Yale Nota Bene S
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 2 edition (May 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300097352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300097351
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An eloquent expression of a great hope that philosophy may again become an activity really relevant not only to the perennial problems of life and death but to the unusual configurations of such problems in our time." Julian N. Hartt, Yale Review

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German philosopher, physician, and psychiatrist Karl Jaspers was born in 1883 and died in 1969. The great translator Ralph Manheim rendered in English such twentieth-century classics as Gunter Grass' The Tin Drum and Louis-Ferdinand Celine's Journey to the End of the Night. Richard M. Owsley, professor of philosophy at North Texas University, is president of the Karl Jaspers Society of North America.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel T. Rakitzis on June 4, 2000
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This book originated from 12 radio talks given by Karl Jaspers, right after World War II. It is written in an extremely lucid and direct manner, and it is more of an introduction to the art, or process, of philosophising rather than to philosophy itself as a discipline. In this book existential philosophy, the brand of philosophy so successfuly cultivated by Jaspers, is described, so to speak, "from inside". There is hardly any analysis of philosophical terms, but rather a presentation of the inner process of approach to the metaphysical questions confronting the individual person. Jaspers belongs to the great idealist tradition, initiated by Plato, developed further by the medieval schoolmen, and lastly by Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schelling, Soeren Kirekegaard and others. According to Jaspers the core-meaning of man's identity is his sense of freedom. Freedom is presented as an immediate datum of consciousness, as that part of man's personality which "evades all object knowledge but is always present in him as a potentiality". Irrespective of what is omitted, this book offers a subject-matter of impeccable honesty and undiluted spirituality. This is a great book superbly well written. Also, the translation by Ralph Manheim is quite masterly. It is an out and out example of what every translation should actually be: a representation in another language of the meaning and style of the original text.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Stump on September 16, 2012
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Here is a short work on philosophical thought, that although condensed, and compact, still manages to explore and lay out, alot of food for thought that touches on alot of philosophical ground. Karl Jaspers' work on Existentialist philosophy is one that makes pretty good sense overall. Worth contemplating and learning from.
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1 of 13 people found the following review helpful By apriceson on February 18, 2010
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This book arrived in pristine condition and in a very timely manner. Couldn't have had better service from this dealer.
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