Ideas of Karl Jaspers, by Theme

[German, 1883 - 1969, Born at Oldenburg. Professor at the University of Heidelberg.]

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3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 4. Uses of Truth
Truth is what unites, and the profound truths create a community
16. Persons / F. Free Will / 2. Sources of Free Will
Freedom needs knowledge, the possibility of arbitrariness, and law
16. Persons / F. Free Will / 4. For Free Will
I am aware that freedom is possible, and the freedom is not in theory, but in seeking freedom
20. Action / C. Motives for Action / 4. Responsibility for Actions
My freedom increases as I broaden my vision of possiblities and motives
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 1. Existentialism
The struggle for Existenz is between people who are equals, and are utterly honest
My helplessness in philosophising reveals my being, and begins its upsurge
Once we grasp freedom 'from' things, then freedom 'for' things becomes urgent
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 6. Authentic Self
Mundane existence is general, falling under universals, but Existens is unique to individuals
We want the correct grasp on being that is neither solipsism nor absorption in the crowd
'Existenz' is the potential being, which I could have, and ought to have
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 7. Existential Action
Every decision I make moves towards or away from fulfilled Existenz