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Comments on the Translation of Karl Jaspers' Introduction to The Great Philosophers

Journal article
Authors Mats Andrén
Published in Existenz: An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 105-107
ISSN 1932-1066
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 105-107
Language en
Links https://www.existenz.us/contents-cu...
Keywords Jaspers, Karl; Burch, Ruth A.; Hild, Florian; Wautischer, Helmut; The Great Philosophers English translation; Die grossen Philosophen English translation; greatness; freedom; nihilism.
Subject categories History of Ideas

Abstract

Abstract: This translation of Karl Jaspers' Introduction to The Great Philosophers closely follows the German original and skillfully upholds Jaspers' complexity of expression. The text elucidates how Jaspers was coming to terms with the German and European experience during the times of war, dictatorships, and nihilism, while remaining faithful to values in German culture and philosophy as well as to his own philosophy. By making this translation available to a broader readership, the value of recognizing and appreciating individual greatness is treated in the context of Jaspers' philosophy to remind readers of the necessity not to confuse greatness with fanaticism.

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