Karl jaspers way to wisdom

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Way to Wisdom: An Introduction to Philosophy by Karl Jaspers

One of the founders of existentialism, the eminent philosopher Karl Jaspers here presents for the general reader an introduction to philosophy. In doing so, he also offers a lucid summary of his own philosophical thought. In Jaspers’ view, the source of philosophy is to be found “in wonder, in doubt, in a sense of forsakenness,” and the philosophical quest is a process of continual change and self-discovery. In a new foreword to this edition, Richard M. Owsley provides a brief overview of Jaspers’ life and achievement.

“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

“Original, sincere, cultivated, and stimulating.”—Philosophy
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Karl Jaspers

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One of the founders of existentialism, Karl Jaspers presents for the general reader a lucid summary of his great philosophical works. He believes that the heart of all philosophical thinking is the quest for "true Being" and that "the man who attains true awareness of his freedom gains certainty of God. In "Way to Wisdom" he gives a brilliant and exciting introduction to an understanding of philosophy and offers the serious reader an approach to a deeper understanding. German philosopher, physician, and psychiatrist Karl Jaspers was born in and died in Richard M.

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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. This book may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, in any form except by reviewers for the public press without written permission from the publishers. What Is Philosophy? Page 7 II. Sources of Philosophy 17 III. The Comprehensive 28 IV. The Idea of God 39 V.

One may expect it to yield extraordinary revelations or one may view it with indifference as a thinking in the void. One may look upon it with awe as the meaningful endeavour of exceptional men or despise it as the superfluous broodings of dreamers. One may take the attitude that it is the concern of all men, and hence must be basically simple and intelligible, or one may think of it as hopelessly difficult. And indeed, what goes by the name of philosophy provides examples to warrant all these conflicting judgments. For the scientific-minded, the worst aspect of philosophy is that it produces no universally valid results; it provides nothing that we can know and thus possess. Whereas the sciences in their fields have gained compellingly certain and universally recognized insights, philosophy, despite thousands of years of endeavour, has done nothing of the sort.

Jaspers says that philosophy differs from science in that it may not provide concrete, definitive knowledge. Everyone is capable of making philosophical judgments. Each person must decide his or her own philosophy. Philosophy is an activity which everyone participates in, either consciously or unconsciously. Philosophy is not a body of knowledge, but is a mode of activity or a method of investigation. Jaspers argues that those who believe that they understand everything are no longer engaged in philosophical inquiry. According to Jaspers, philosophy does not need to justify itself on the grounds of its being useful for some other mode of activity.

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