The ‘Studi Jaspersiani’ Journal will dedicate its next volume (2019) to The Psychology of Worldviews.
Karl Jaspers published The Psychology of Worldviews in 1919. With this work – which demanded intense philosophical studies – Jaspers didn’t only unwittingly force his transition from the psychologist to the philosopher but also took his first steps towards the Existenzphilosophie. With the concepts of limit situations, casing [Gehäuse] and his focus on the self [Existenz], Jaspers recognized the crisis that ran through the academic philosophy of his time, increasingly distant from the processual nature of human life and the nihilism of modernity, shattering all traditional horizons of mental orientation. With his book, explicitly meant to be a work of “Verstehende Psychologie” Jaspers sought to name and categorize the powers of the living process, synthesizing individual dispositions [“Einstellungen”] and objective “Weltbilder” with the idea of world views. By using Max Weber’s methodical instrument of the “Idealtypus”, Jaspers described types of human thought and orientation, thereby abandoning the traditional universalistic claim of philosophical systems and paved the way for a new philosophical approach that seeks the truth in the process of existential individuation and communication.
The Psychology of Worldviews – in some ways an unfinished work, certainly a transitional work, on the basis of the epistemic perspective from which it starts – offers today many stimuli for returning to think about philosophy, its relation to psychology, its ability to react to the multiplication of interpretations of the world, and at the same time about the need of the human being, in recognizing its own limitations, to constantly push beyond them.
The seventh volume of “Studi Jaspersiani – Journal of The Italian Karl Jaspers Society”, dedicated to The Psychology of Worldviews, therefore does not only aim to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of a classic of philosophy, but starting from the revival of the spirit that animates it, it aims to reflect on the authentic capacity of philosophical psychology to open our eyes to the world, to let ourselves be crossed by it, and to offer some answers to the new questions of meaning that emerge from our present.
The volume will be organized around thematic groups:
- The heritage of historicism on the worldviews
- The comparison with nihilism
- Jaspers and Kant
- The relationship between philosophy and psychology
- Jaspers and the “Verstehende Psychologie“
- Weltanschauungen and interculturality
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