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Single Idea 20319

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

Full Idea

We want our philosophising to illuminate the free, original, communicative grasp on being that will let us meet the constant threat of solipsism or universalism in existence.

Gist of Idea

We want the correct grasp on being that is neither solipsism nor absorption in the crowd


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

A Reaction

This sounds like the political wing of existentialism: the aim to get the right relationship between citizens - not too withdrawn, and not swallowed in the crowd. Liberal democracy, I should think.

Book Reference

'Existentialism', ed/tr. Solomon,Robert C. [Modern Library 1974], p.143