Karl Jaspers

1883 - 1969

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Karl Theodor Jaspers (, German: [kaʁl ˈjaspɐs] ; 23 February 1883 – 26 February 1969) was a German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher who had a strong influence on modern theology, psychiatry, and philosophy. His 1913 work General Psychopathology influenced many later diagnostic criteria, and argued for a distinction between "primary" and "secondary" delusions. After being trained in and practising psychiatry, Jaspers turned to philosophical inquiry and attempted to discover an innovative philosophical system. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Jaspers has received more than 926,337 page views. His biography is available in 73 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Karl Jaspers is the 72nd most popular philosopher (down from 69th in 2019), the 79th most popular biography from Germany (down from 74th in 2019) and the 9th most popular German Philosopher.

Karl Jaspers is most famous for his philosophical work in the field of existentialism. He was a German psychiatrist and philosopher who was active in the 20th century. He was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on October 18, 1883, and died in Basel, Switzerland, on February 26, 1969.

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Among philosophers, Karl Jaspers ranks 72 out of 1,267Before him are Al-Kindi, Antonio Gramsci, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Ludwig Feuerbach, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, and Zeno of Citium. After him are Rudolf Steiner, George Berkeley, Ramakrishna, Jürgen Habermas, Xenophanes, and Nagarjuna.

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Among people born in 1883, Karl Jaspers ranks 5Before him are Benito Mussolini, Franz Kafka, John Maynard Keynes, and Coco Chanel. After him are Walter Gropius, Joseph Schumpeter, Khalil Gibran, Anton Webern, Jaroslav Hašek, Nikos Kazantzakis, and Lev Kamenev. Among people deceased in 1969, Karl Jaspers ranks 3Before him are Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ho Chi Minh. After him are Theodor W. Adorno, Walter Gropius, Franz von Papen, Sharon Tate, Judy Garland, Rocky Marciano, Otto Stern, Kliment Voroshilov, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl Jaspers ranks 79 out of 7,253Before him are Erich von Manstein (1887), Wilhelm Wundt (1832), Richard Strauss (1864), Friedrich Paulus (1890), Charles the Bald (823), and Martin Bormann (1900). After him are Heinrich Hertz (1857), Charles Bukowski (1920), Arminius (-17), Peter III of Russia (1728), Helmut Kohl (1930), and William Herschel (1738).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Karl Jaspers ranks 9Before him are Friedrich Engels (1820), Martin Heidegger (1889), Hannah Arendt (1906), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775). After him are Jürgen Habermas (1929), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), Walter Benjamin (1892), Meister Eckhart (1260), and Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767).