The Origin and Goal of History(Routledge Revivals)

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Taylor & Francis, Dec 31, 2009 - History - 294 pages
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First published in English in 1953, this important book from eminent philosopher Karl Jaspers deals with the philsophy of the history of mankind. More specifically, its avowed aim is to assist in heightening our awareness of the present by placing it within the framework of the long obscurity of prehistory and the boundless realm of possibilities which lie within the undecided future.This analysis is split into 3 parts:
  • World history
  • The present and the future
  • The meaning of history

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User Review  - Bob Nichols - Goodreads

I've seen frequent references to the “axial period” of world history, 800-200 BCE (with 500 BCE the specific axial point) and was curious. This term comes from Karl Jaspers and this book. During this ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Karl Jaspers (1883-1969) took his degree in medicine but soon became interested in psychiatry. The author of a standard work of psychopathology, as well as special studies on Strindberg, Van Gogh and Nietsche. After World War I he became Professor of Philosophy at Heidelberg, where he achieved fame as a brilliant teacher and an early exponent of existentialism. He was among the first to acquaint German readers with the works of Kierkegaard.

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