Jaspers’s Philosophical Faith

Toward a form of religious naturalism

Authored by: Nicholas J. Wernicki

The Routledge Handbook of Religious Naturalism

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138292079
eBook ISBN: 9781315228907
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315228907-8

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Abstract

At first glance, Karl Jaspers seems out of place on a list of early contributors to contemporary religious naturalism. Current scholarship on Jaspers’s work is generally associated with his early psychopathology and his post-war political philosophy, both of which still maintain some relevance in niche academic circles today. Beyond these threads Jaspers is, in my view, widely under read and subsequently underappreciated by the academy at large, and it could be argued that he never had “his moment” of philosophical fame in comparison to his existentialist counterparts of twentieth-century France and Germany. Motivated by the raw and tumultuous socio-political climate of post-war Europe, Jaspers found himself as both philosopher and public intellectual responding to the role his homeland played in the Second World War.

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