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Karl Jaspers

Data de nascimento: 23. Fevereiro 1883
Data de falecimento: 26. Fevereiro 1969
Outros nomes:Karl Theodor Jaspers

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Karl Theodor Jaspers foi um filósofo e psiquiatra alemão.

Estudou medicina e, depois de trabalhar no hospital psiquiátrico da Universidade de Heidelberg, tornou-se professor de psicologia da Faculdade de Letras dessa instituição. Desligado de seu cargo pelo regime nazista em 1937, foi readmitido em 1945 e, três anos depois, passou a lecionar filosofia na Universidade de Basileia.

O pensamento de Jaspers foi influenciado pelo seu conhecimento em psicopatologia e, em parte, pelo pensamento de Kierkegaard, Nietzsche e Max Weber. Sempre teve interesse em integrar a ciência ao pensamento filosófico na medida em que, para Jaspers, as ciências são por si sós insuficientes e necessitam do exame crítico que só pode ser dado pela filosofia. Esta, por sua vez, deve basear-se numa elucidação, a mais completa possível, da existência do homem real, e não da humanidade abstrata. O resultado das reflexões de Jaspers sobre o tema foi a primeira formulação de sua filosofia existencial. Autor do livro de dois volumes: "Psicopatologia Geral" [1], grande marco em sua carreira e na evolução da psicopatologia.

O existencialismo constitui, segundo Jaspers, o âmbito no qual se dá todo o saber e todo o descobrimento possível. Por isso a filosofia da existência vem a constituir-se numa metafísica. A existência, em qualquer de seus aspetos, é precisamente o contrário de um "objeto", pois pode ser definida como "o que é para si encaminhada". O problema central é como pensar a existência sem torná-la objeto.

A existência humana é entendida como intimamente vinculada à historicidade e à noção de situação: o existir é um transcender na liberdade, que abre o caminho em meio a um conjunto de situações históricas concretas.

Jaspers preocupou-se em estabelecer as relações entre existência e razão, o que levou-o a investigar em profundidade o conceito de verdade. Para ele, a verdade não é entendida como característica de nenhum enunciado particular: é antes uma espécie de ambiente que envolve todo o conhecimento.

Dentre suas obras, pode-se destacar:

1931 Situação espiritual da nossa época;

1932 Filosofia;

1953 Introdução à filosofia.

Citações Karl Jaspers

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„Philosophy seemed to me the supreme, even the sole, concern of man.“

—  Karl Jaspers
Context: My path was not the normal one of professors of philosophy. I did not intend to become a doctor of philosophy by studying philosophy (I am in fact a doctor of medicine) nor did I by any means, intend originally to qualify for a professorship by a dissertation on philosophy. To decide to become a philosopher seemed as foolish to me as to decide to become a poet. Since my schooldays, however, I was guided by philosophical questions. Philosophy seemed to me the supreme, even the sole, concern of man. Yet a certain awe kept me from making it my profession.

„Man is always something more than what he knows of himself. He is not what he is simply once and for all, but is a process...“

—  Karl Jaspers
Context: Man is always something more than what he knows of himself. He is not what he is simply once and for all, but is a process... <!-- p. 146

„I approach the presentation of Kierkegaard with some trepidation. Next to Nietzsche, or rather, prior to Nietzsche, I consider him to be the most important thinker of our post-Kantian age.“

—  Karl Jaspers
Context: I approach the presentation of Kierkegaard with some trepidation. Next to Nietzsche, or rather, prior to Nietzsche, I consider him to be the most important thinker of our post-Kantian age. With Goethe and Hegel, an epoch had reached its conclusion, and our prevalent way of thinking — that is, the positivistic, natural-scientific one — cannot really be considered as philosophy. The Great Philosophers (1962)

„Man, if he is to remain man, must advance by way of consciousness.“

—  Karl Jaspers
Context: Man, if he is to remain man, must advance by way of consciousness. There is no road leading backward.... We can no longer veil reality from ourselves by renouncing self-consciousness without simultaneously excluding ourselves from the historical course of human existence. <!-- p. 143

„Imminent seems the collapse of that which for millennium has constituted man's universe.“

—  Karl Jaspers
Context: Imminent seems the collapse of that which for millennium has constituted man's universe. The new world which has arisen as an apparatus for supply of the necessaries of life compels everything and everyone to serve it. It annihilates whatever it has no place for person seems to be going undergoing absorption into that which is nothing more than a means to an end, into that which is devoid of purpose of significance. <!-- p. 79

„It is impalpable, illusory, transient; "'tis here, 'tis there, 'tis gone"; a nullity which can nevertheless for a moment endow the multitude with power to uplift or destroy.“

—  Karl Jaspers
Context: The 'public' is a phantom, the phantom of an opinion supposed to exist in a vast number of persons who have no effective interrelation and though the opinion is not effectively present in the units. Such an opinion is spoken of as 'public opinion,' a fiction which is appealed to by individuals and by groups as supporting their special views. It is impalpable, illusory, transient; "'tis here, 'tis there, 'tis gone"; a nullity which can nevertheless for a moment endow the multitude with power to uplift or destroy.

„My path was not the normal one of professors of philosophy.“

—  Karl Jaspers
Context: My path was not the normal one of professors of philosophy. I did not intend to become a doctor of philosophy by studying philosophy (I am in fact a doctor of medicine) nor did I by any means, intend originally to qualify for a professorship by a dissertation on philosophy. To decide to become a philosopher seemed as foolish to me as to decide to become a poet. Since my schooldays, however, I was guided by philosophical questions. Philosophy seemed to me the supreme, even the sole, concern of man. Yet a certain awe kept me from making it my profession.

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