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Metaphysical Dimensions in the Thought of Karl Jaspers

Anto Gavrić orcid id ; Filozofski fakultet Družbe Isusove, Zagreb, Hrvatska
Petar Jakopec orcid id ; Filozofski fakultet Družbe Isusove, Zagreb, Hrvatska

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This article endeavours to cast a light on Jaspers’ relation to traditional metaphysics but also his »metaphysics«, the development of which is based on his own understanding of man’s existence. The man who surrenders himself to the »enveloping« being (that is,
an otherworldly, transcendent being) never has his existence completely »at his disposal« –it is only this »enveloping« being that enables him always and again to designate himself as his own project, obligation and responsibility. Jaspers sharply distinguishes
»philosophical« and »confessional« faith: while religious–confessional faith assumes an existence totally decided upon and determined by a religious type of being, »philosophical faith« testifies by one’s own life to a type of truth which is not subject to any previous givens (canons), but which should only just be able to make communication
« possible, that is to allow others precedence over one’s self. It is only the presupposition of communication with others which makes one’s own existence meaningful.

Ključne riječi

Karl Jaspers, philosophical faith, existence, Truth, communication, loving battle, Transcendence, borderline situation, man, Dasein

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