11. Reason and Existenz, by Karl Jaspers. With an new Introduction by Pol Vandevelde. ISBN 0-87462-611-0. ©1997. Paperbound. Index. 180 pp. $20. OUT OF PRINT.

The thought of Karl Jaspers, one of the foremost philosophers of existence, has been devoted to the explication of man’s situation in the world and the possibilities of his self-transcendence.

With the publication of Reason and Existenz, originally delivered as a series of five lectures at the University of Groningen in 1935, one of the most important of Jaspers’s philosophic works is made available to the English-speaking world. It concerns itself with a general statement of the principal philosophic categories which have given uniqueness to Jaspers’s thinking: existence, freedom and history, and the limit-situations of death, suffering, and sin. Written shortly after Jaspers’s major systematic work and before his analysis of the problem of truth, Reason and Existenz, occupies a primary position in the development of his thought.
  One of the most famous European philosophers and, with Heidegger and Sartre, a foremost representative of existentialism, Karl Jaspers was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Basle.

“Every thoughtful reader must feel appreciation toward a philosopher who has lifted the controversy between 'rationalism' and 'existentialism' to a new and more creative level. This book will make history.”— Reinhold Niebuhr, The New Republic


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