German Philosophy

Philosophy 32 (123):358-361 (1957)
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The old guard still dominates the German scene. Jaspers leads with three publications, the monumental new volume of P. A. Schilpp's Library of Living Philosophers which appears first in German as Karl Jaspers ; the third edition of his Philosophie in three volumes with an important “Postscript 1956” ; and the second edition of his Existenzphilosophie also with a new postscript explaining the situation in which these lectures arose. These volumes offer an opportunity for re-examining his philosophy, and are indeed used by himself for this purpose and therefore indispensable to any serious student of his thought. The Schilpp volume naturally offers the greatest amount of new material with its twenty-four contributors who have more or less succeeded in discussing a philosophy of pure reflexion without specific doctrines. They allow Jaspers to clarify his thought, especially concerning the problems of existential communication, of psychology, history and politics.

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