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Philosophical Faith and the Future of Humanity

Wautischer, Helmut, Olson, Alan M., Walters, Gregory J. (Eds.)

2012, XVI, 456 p.

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  • Offers original unpublished and now translated work by Jaspers that outlines his principles of philosophy
  • Contains philosophical autobiography of Leonard Ehrlich, a student of Jaspers and the principal translator of many of Jaspers’ works into English
  • Provides an interdisciplinary account of the future of humanity presented by leading scholars on the basis of Jaspers scholarship

Karl Jaspers, who died in 1969, had a profound impact on 20th-century theology and philosophy. His central thesis called for, among other things, a de-centering of philosophy from its Eurocentric roots and a renewal of its dialogue with other traditions, especially Asian ones. This collection of essays includes unpublished work by Jaspers himself as well as testimonies to his life and career by colleagues, associates, and translators, some of who knew Jaspers personally. Readers will also find commentary and interpretation by researchers who have explored Jaspers’ work for decades, and a biographical account of Jaspers’ student Leonard Ehrlich, who handled much of Jaspers’ English translation. 

The book interrogates Jaspers’ conceptions of ‘philosophical faith’, his philosophy of communication, and the prospects for world philosophy in the future. Focusing on philosophical faith, it assesses Jaspers’ interpretations of key philosophers such as Kant, Hegel, Schelling, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Rosenzweig, as well as examining his personal relationships with Bultmann and Heidegger. Contributors also look at Jaspers’ philosophies of religion and history, his hypothesis of the ‘axial age’ (Achsenzeit), and his contributions to metaphysics, periechontology, and economics. Finally, chapters cover Jaspers’ philosophy of communication and world history. The latter are informed by a burgeoning interest in Kantian ‘Freiheitphilosophie’ that influenced Jaspers, as well as concerns over the future of humanity. These concerns in part account for Jaspers’ growing popularity in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central/South America, and Asia. Also included are lucid clarifications of the difference between religious and philosophical faith, and the relevance of certainty, trust, and communication for a future of mankind. 

Trained as a psychiatrist, Jaspers practiced this profession before becoming a philosopher and thus had a keen insight into the workings of the human mind even as he challenged the philosophical establishment of his time. It is perhaps this depth to his background that adds to the contemporary relevance of his work.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Achsenzeit - Axial Age Hypothesis - Certainty and Truth - Future of Humanity - Future of Mankind - Global Age Philosophy - Karl Jasper - Karl Jasper society - Leonard Ehrlich - Philosophical Affirmation - Philosophizing Principle - Philosophy of Communication - Philosophy of Culture - Philosophy of Revelation - World Philosophy

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Philosophical Traditions - Political Science - Religious Studies

Table of contents 

I. Preliminaries: Introduction, Autobiographical, Philosophical, and Linguistic.- Executive Editor’s Introduction, H. Wautischer.- Introduction to Karl Jaspers, Principles for Philosophizing, H. Saner.- Grundsätze des Philosophierens: Einführung in philosophisches Leben, 1942/43, K. Jaspers.- Philosophical Autobiography, L. Ehrlich.- Honoring the Messenger, S. Kirkbright.- II. Philosophical Faith: Critical and Historical Analyses.- Philosophical Faith and Its Ambiguities, A. Olson.- Jaspers’ Concept of Philosophical Faith: A New Synthesis? A. Cesana.- Philosophical Faith, Gerhard Knauss.- Certainty and Faith, Reiner Wiehl.- Three Interpretations of the Content of Jaspers’ Philosophical Faith, R. Langley.- Philosophy of Revelation: Remarks on Schelling, Jaspers, and Rosenzweig, W. Schmied-Kowarzik.- Thinking from the Origin: Critical and Personal Remarks on Jaspers’ Philosophy of Philosophising, A. Wildermuth.- Karl Jaspers: The Philosophical Faith of a Scientist, N. Ghaemi.- Faith, Science, and Philosophy, R. Schulz.- The Philosophy of History in Hegel, Heidegger, and Jaspers, S. Erickson.- Jaspers’ Achsenzeit Hypothesis: A Critical Reappraisal, M. Zank.- Jaspers Meets Confucius, C. Courtney.- Verstehen in Historical-Philosophical Interpretation, A. Gluck.- Philosophical Faith, Periechontology, and Philosophical Ethics, S. Hayashida.- Can Corporate Capitalism be Redeemed? Business Ethics and the Search for a Renewed Faith in Work, M. Hoffman, R. McNulty.- Reflections on Philosophical Faith and Faith in the 21st Century, F. Peach.- III. The Future of Humanity: Global Communication and the Project of World Philosophy.- Philosophical Faith and the Foundering of Truth in Time, G.J. Walters.- Philosophy on the Way to the History of World Philosophy, R. Wisser.- Humanism and Wars: Karl Jaspers between Politics, Culture, and Law, C. Thornhill.- On Recovering Philosophy: Philosophical Dialogue and Political Philosophy after 9/11, Tom Rockmore.- World Philosophy: On Philosophers Making Peace, A. Hügli.- Philosophical Faith as the Will to Communicate: Two Case Studies in Inter-Cultural Understanding, T. Iwasawa.- Faith as the Essential Communication Bridge of Humanity, H-J. Seideneck.- Freedom in the Space of Nothingness, M. Khazaee.- Philosophical Faith:  The Savior of Humanity, I. Sarin.- The Second Axial Age: Fulfilling Human Destiny, C. Piecuch.- Karl Jaspers’ Philosophical Faith for the Global Age: The Idea of Civilizational Continuity, J.  Miyang Cho.- The Factor of Listening in Karl Jaspers’ Philosophy of Communication, K. Gorniak.

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