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Karl Jaspers

Politics and Metaphysics

By Dr Chris Thornhill, Chris Thornhill

© 2002 – Routledge

288 pages

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Paperback: 9780415408356
pub: 2006-04-06
Hardback: 9780415269063
pub: 2002-02-21

About the Book

This book sets out a new reading of the much-neglected philosophy of Karl Jaspers. By questioning the common perception of Jaspers either as a proponent of irrationalist cultural philosophy or as an early, peripheral disciple of Martin Heidegger, it re-establishes him as a central figure in modern European philosophy.

Giving particular consideration to his position in epistemological, metaphysical and political debate, the author argues that Jaspers's work deserves renewed consideration in a number of important discussions, particularly in hermeneutics, anthropological reflections on religion, the critique of idealism, and debates on the end of metaphysics.


'Informative and highly readable … fascinating.' - Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Table of Contents

1. Karl Jaspers's Philosophy: The Basic Terms

2. Jaspers and Kant: The Ideas of Existence

3. Jaspers and Weber: Transcendent Responsibilities

4. Jaspers, Dilthey and Simmel: Experience and History

5. Jaspers and Heidegger: The Anthropologies of Existence

6. Theology or Anthropology? Jaspers, Religion and the Revealed Law

7. Republican Existence. Jaspers and Post-War Politics

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Political