Karl Jaspers

Psychiatrist and philosopher (1883–1969) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Karl Theodor Jaspers (/ˈjæspərz/, German: [kaʁl ˈjaspɐs];[4][5] 23 February 1883 – 26 February 1969) was a German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher who had a strong influence on modern theology, psychiatry, and philosophy. After being trained in and practicing psychiatry, Jaspers turned to philosophical inquiry and attempted to discover an innovative philosophical system. He was often viewed as a major exponent of existentialism in Germany, though he did not accept the label.

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Karl Theodor Jaspers

(1883-02-23)23 February 1883
Died26 February 1969(1969-02-26) (aged 86)
Basel, Switzerland
EducationUniversity of Heidelberg
(MD, 1908)
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolNeo-Kantianism (early)[1]
Existentialism (late)
Existential phenomenology[2] (late)
Main interests
Psychiatry, theology, philosophy of history
Notable ideas
Axial Age; coining the term Existenzphilosophie; Dasein and Existenz as the two states of being, subject–object split (Subjekt-Objekt-Spaltung); theory of communicative transcendence, limit situation[1]