Jaspers, Karl Theodor

(1883-1969)
   The most famous German existentialist after Heidegger, Jaspers, who started out in medicine before turning to philosophy, distanced himself from his illustrious predecessor. His magnum opus was the three-volume Philosophy (1932), in which he distinguished three modes of being for the human subject: (1) being-there as an empirical subject for examination (Dasein); (2) being self-conscious as a thinker (Bewusstsein ¨uberhaupt); and (3) being free in the authentically human mode of freedom, particularly in confronting what he called 'limit situations' such as struggling, suffering, death and guilt. For this mode Jaspers, like the other existentialists, was fond of the term existenz and the term Geist for its subject. Jaspers also wrote about the psychological nature of encounters with God.
   Further reading: Jaspers 1969-71, 1971 and 2000; Schilpp 1981

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