Volume 12, No.2, Fall 2017
Translating Karl Jaspers
Ruth Burch | Lugano-Paradiso, Switzerland
Helmut Wautischer | Sonoma State University
Preface to the American Edition of The Great Philosophers
Karl Jaspers |
1883 - 1963
In his 1960 Preface to the American Edition, Karl Jaspers elaborates on his distinction between science and philosophy. Although this Preface has been previously published, the present new translation is useful for Jaspers scholars due to its closenes to the original German text.
Keywords: Jaspers, Karl; science; philosophy; knowledge; facts; history.
Foreword to The Great Philosophers
Karl Jaspers | 1883 - 1963
In this 1956 Foreword, Karl Jaspers introduces the idea of a timeless realm of the great philosophers. The 1957 English translation by Ralph Mannheim and Hannah Arendt of Jaspers' Die Grossen Philosophen and all its subsequent editions did not include the Foreword. The translation offered here redresses this omission and is the first ever published English translation of Jaspers' Foreword.
Keywords: Jaspers, Karl; greatness; history; humankind.
Introduction to The Great Philosophers
Karl Jaspers |
1883 - 1963
Karl Jaspers explores the criteria for recognizing human greatness in general and in philosphers in particular. He comments on the historical process related to the selection and grouping of great philosophers. Jaspers acknowledges the questionable aspect of greatness, yet he affirms that such distinction is indispensable. The 1957 English translation by Ralph Mannheim and Hannah Arendt of Jaspers' Die Grossen Philosophen and all ist subsequent editions did not include this Introduction. The translation offered here redresses this omission and is the first ever published English translation of Jaspers' extended Introduction.
Keywords: Jaspers, Karl; human greatness; philosophers; history; criteria for grouping philosophers.
A Short Introduction to Jaspers' Einleitung to The Great Philosophers
Florian Hild |
Loveland Classical Schools, Colorado
In addition to his academic writings, Karl Jaspers also wrote popular books for educated laypersons about the importance of philosophy. He explains that studying the great philosophers well allows us to be in communication with the best company there is. I share Jaspers' tenet that the great philosophers become our contemporaries as we read and discuss them. They become teachers and companions, we live our lives with them, and they provide guidance for us to find and develop one's authentic self. My motivation for participating in this translation was to make Jaspers' illuminating and persuasive insights available to a broader English-speaking readership.
Keywords: Jaspers, Karl; Arendt, Hannah; Wolff, Kurt; great philosophers; greatness; studying philosophy; sense of philosophizing; communication; history of philosophy.