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An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts
ISSN 1932-1066

Volume 14, No.2, Fall 2019

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On Philosophical Foundations of War and World Peace
Fidel J. Gutierrez Vivanco| World Philosophical Forum, Peru

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Karl Jaspers on the Atomic Bomb and Responsibility
Mats Andrén| University of Gothenburg, Sweden

In his treatment of the atomic bomb, Karl Jaspers identified new dimensions for the concept of responsibility by relating it to the issue of the new weaponry. The article examines the concept of responsibility and what meanings it implied for Jaspers by acknowledging contexts of intellectual history; the discourses on the nuclear technology of the 195s, the etymology of responsibility, and the concept of responsibility within politics and international relations. Jaspers ingeniously preceded the concept of world responsibility of the 1970s and 1980s. By then philosophers presented the long-term global dimensions of responsibility, including not only atomic bombs but also environmental threats. Today we can recognize in much nationalist and populist rhetoric an insurgency against world responsibility, which makes it timely to return to its origins.

Keywords: Jaspers, Karl; atomic bomb; nuclear technology; responsibility; world responsibility; peace; conceptual history; contexts.


Jaspers on Death
Kiki Berk | Southern New Hampshire University

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Kantian Constitutional Patriotism
Pierre Keller | University of California, Riverside

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Two Concepts of Responsibility after Fascism: Reading Beauvoir and Jaspers
Devin Zane Shaw | Douglas College, Canada

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Jaspers on the Question of Free Will
Joshua Tepleyn | Saint Anselm College

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Politics and Weltanschauung: Jaspers' Line of Thought in the Politische Stimmungen
Marica Magnano San Lio | University of Catania, Italy

Jaspers' line of thought in the Politische Stimmungen is a historical and social discussion that seeks to highlight the figure of the politician in his controversial relationship with the Weltanschauung. The main issue concerns how we may consider the concept of politics: is it Die Politik or Das Politische? We may indeed evaluate politics as a field that maintains its autonomy in the interaction with other fields and with the Weltanschauung, or as a politics made absolute that shows its distinctiveness and is embodied ina "Politician." Jaspers' aim is to denounce the emptiness of his time that is caused by the fact that politics and Weltanschauung are disconnected from one another instead of being connected. The result of his view is that political responsibility is therefore uncertain. Humans are thus unable to turn to a universal sentiment, similar to the qualities that Jaspers finds in the Axial Age, a sentiment that links humans together, creating a collective project, which assures a value of individuality while at the same time protecting a feeling of togetherness. Thus, effective politics is hard to achieve, if the Weltanschauung fails. In this case it is only the political man, and not authentic politics, which is able to emerge.

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Global Problems–Existential Answers: Thoughts on the Use of the Philosophy of Karl Jaspers for Today
Harald Stelzer | University of Graz, Austria

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Hannah Arendt's Theory of Political Action
Trevor Tchir| Algoma University, Canada

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Frederick M. Dolan| University of California, Berkeley

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Aesthetics and Politics in Trevor Tchir’s Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Political Action: Daimonic Disclosure of the “Who”
Karin Fry | Georgia Southern University

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Jennifer Gaffney | Gettysburg College

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