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Single Idea 20317

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 6. Authentic Self]

Full Idea

Mundane being, the being we know, is general because it is generally valid for everyone. ...Existenz is never general, and thus not a case that might be subsumed as particular under a universal.

Gist of Idea

Mundane existence is general, falling under universals, but Existens is unique to individuals


Karl Jaspers (Philosophy [1932], vol.2)

A Reaction

I'm trying to visualise a mode of existence which would fulfil only me, answering to my unique nature, but it looks like a vain delusion. I may be a one-off combination, but I see all of my ingredients in various other people.

Book Reference

'Existentialism', ed/tr. Solomon,Robert C. [Modern Library 1974], p.138

Related Idea

Idea 20315 'Existenz' is the potential being, which I could have, and ought to have [Jaspers]