<i>Jaspers’ Concepts of</i> Existenz <i>and ‘Deathlessness’</i>

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:
Jaspers’ Concepts of Existenz and ‘Deathlessness’

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This chapter examines the puzzling relationship between Existenz and death; analyses what Karl Jaspers means by his claim that Existenz, as distinct from Dasein, is not subject to death; and reflects on the basic features of Existenz and some questions related to these features. It suggests that the eternal aspect of man can be explained in terms of the existential experience of the Augenblick and argues that the main objection to the eternal aspect of Existenz stems from the definition of eternity as endless duration.

Keywords: Existenz; death; Karl Jaspers; Dasein; existential experience; Augenblick; eternity

Chapter.  20222 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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