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Karl Jaspers Society of North America.

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Est. 1980 Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

President: Helmut Wautischer

Vice-President:
David P. Nichols

Philosophy, the goal of true community among men who are themselves, has been wrought by lonely, distant individuals. In an extravagance of agonies and certainties, they sent us word but did not bid us follow. The experience they show us was singular and unrepeatable. They were sacrificial victims, so to speak, whose visions--translated into thought--convey to us what a less hazardous fate could not have brought to light. In our philosophizing we revere what they proved humanly possible. We want to catch their every word; they have made it impossible for us to take any knowable order for the only true one. But we ourselves philosophize in communication, not in isolation. Our point of departure is manís relation to man, the individualís way of dealing with the individual. In our world, linked fellowship seems like the true reality. Communication leads to our brightest moments and lends weight to our life. My philosophizing owes its every content to people who have come close to me. I consider it true in so far as it aids communication. Man cannot place himself above man; he can approach only those he meets on the same level. He cannot teach them what to do, but together they can find out what they want and what they are. There can be solidarity in what must animate our existence if it is to turn into being. (Philosophy I, 1932, 2)

 

Excerpts of some KJSNA meetings are now posted on YouTube. You can view them here, or click on the links to be redirected.

Philadelphia 2014, KJSNA panel presentations with discussion on Philosophy, Psychopathology, and Neuroscience in conjunction with the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Society, Eastern Division.

Forthcoming.


San Diego 2014, KJSNA panel presentations with discussion on The American Western Film Genre in conjunction with the 88th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Society, Pacific Division.


San Francisco 2013, KJSNA panel presentations with discussion on Transhumanism in conjunction with the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Society, Pacific Division.


30th Anniversary of the Karl Jaspers Society of North America - Reception in honor of founding members Leonard H. Ehrlich, Edith Ehrlich, and George B. Pepper. Presented in conjunction with the 107th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Boston, December 2010. Introductory speech by Gregory J. Walters, with Leonard and Edith Ehrlich, Alan M. Olson in background.

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