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Death, 'Deathlessness' and Existenz in Karl Jaspers' Philosophy
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Death, 'Deathlessness' and Existenz in Karl Jaspers' Philosophy

Filiz Peach

Abstract

Karl Jaspers is one of the least understood and most neglected major philosophers of the twentieth century, and yet his ideas, particularly those concerned with death, have immense contemporary relevance. This book provides an explanation of Jaspers' philosophy of existence, clarifying and reassessing the concept of death that is central to his thought. For Jaspers, a human being is not merely a physical entity but a being with a transcendent aspect, and so is, in some sense ‘deathless’. The book explores this transcendent aspect of humanity and what it is to be ‘deathless’ in Jaspersian terms ... More

Keywords: Karl Jaspers, twentieth century, death, existence, deathless, philosophy, humanity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625352
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625352.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Filiz Peach, author