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Thinking from the origin

critical and personal remarks on Jaspers' philosophy of philosophizing

Armin Wildermuth

pp. 159-164

The intention of Jaspers' thought aims at a philosophy of philosophizing. This gives a central role to one's existential experience of philosophies. In this context Jaspers' Philosophie (1932) is an instance of existential philosophy. However, from a biographical perspective it can be understood as an instance of transformative psychopathology. During the 1930s Jaspers developed the concept of the encompassing, which resulted in a departure from his previous existenz-philosophical impetus. Ontological presuppositions and his motivation to develop a philosophical systematic disguise his original impulse for existential illumination (Existenzerhellung). Even with such critique, the author concedes that Jaspers was existentially charismatic as a person and also in his achievements.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-2223-1_14

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Wildermuth, A. (2012)., Thinking from the origin: critical and personal remarks on Jaspers' philosophy of philosophizing, in H. Wautischer, A. Olson & G. J. Walters (eds.), Philosophical faith and the future of humanity, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 159-164.

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