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December 1921


Arch NeurPsych. 1921;6(6):719-720. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1921.02190060126011

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The work claims to be an attempt, "only to understand what final positions the soul assumes and what forces move it." The author realizes the weighty objections that may be made to his venture in this field, but justifies his efforts by the conviction that his presentation in orderly form of whatever has already been recognized as psychology of "Weltanschauungen" would in itself offer something of value. Hegel, in the "Phenomenology of the Spirit," is the author's only great predecessor, but Jaspers differs in not erecting a uniform, systematic structure but in presenting a schematic arrangement, not following one method like Hegel, but now this, now that one. Kant, Nietzsche and Max Weber offer much in support of the view of the author, as does also the Dane, Kierkegaard, whom he regards with great favor.

Jaspers would divide the whole psychology of "Weltanschauungen" into three parts: (1) general—basic principles, limits