Karl Jaspers’ Philosophy of Existence

Filiz Peach

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

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2008 | ISBN: 9780748625352
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652426 | DOI:
Karl Jaspers’ Philosophy of Existence

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This chapter discusses Karl Jaspers' philosophy of existence, explaining Jaspers' concept of philosophy and his concept of death. There are four elements in Jaspers' metaphysical construction of the human being and these include Dasein or existence, consciousness-as-such, spirit and Existenz. Jaspers' existential concept of death is centred on the notion of boundary situations in which one has to face up to one's own, or a loved one's, death.

Keywords: Karl Jaspers; philosophy of existence; death; Dasein; consciousness-as-such; spirit; Existenz; boundary situations

Chapter.  26700 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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