Death, ‘Deathlessness’ & Existenz in Karl Jaspers’ Philosophy by Filiz Peach
Kurt Salaman cheers himself up by considering Karl Jaspers’ views on death and the experience of the eternal in life.
Forty years after his death, the psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers continues to be influential, but is not that widely understood. This book gives a profound exposition and analysis of his existential philosophy. It mainly focuses on his concept of Existenz and its relation toTranscendence.
Unlike other existentialist thinkers such as Heidegger or Sartre, Jaspers never wanted to construct a metaphysical system of Being. He rejected such ‘ontological’ systems as rigid cages which restrict the dimensions of Being to the objective, that is, to the rationalisable experience of being in this world, and ignore transcendent (that is, higher and ineffable) dimensions of Being.