Strategies of Time Appropriation: Authentic and Inauthentic Historicity of Man

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The article focuses on those paragraphs of the famous text ‘Spiritual Situation of our Time’ by Karl Jaspers in which he approaches the problem of time from the perspective of philosophical anthropology. This text was published in 1931 and saw multiple editions, including the reprint in 1947, which followed the lecture “The Question of Guilt”. We surmise from this juxtaposition of texts in the new publication that Jaspers believed in the necessity to revisit the problem of the spiritual situation, but he also regarded his conceptualization of temporality viable in the new context and applicable to analyzing this new situation. We corroborate this hypothesis by close reading of the version of the 1947 text. As there exists a wealth of studies of Jaspers’s philosophy, we aim to explicate his interpretation of personal historicity and to find a reply to the question why it seems necessary to emphasize the appropriation of time. We demonstrate that the existentialist approach Jaspers offers is a universal model for living in the spiritual situation and for appropriating time. The need to appropriate time is inherent in human nature but the capacity to make sense of it and unravel the potential for authentic existence is not. Human beings are often unaware of their choice of certain time appropriation; moreover, human beings lack consistency in constructing the context of their own historicity. We elaborate in greater detail on the meaning of such concepts as spiritual situation, knowledge of the totality, philosophical life.

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Ekaterina S. Cherepanova

Ural Federal University

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D.Phil., Professor at the Department of History of Philosophy, Philosophical Anthropology, Aesthetics and Theory of Culture

Mira St., 19, Ekaterinburg, Russian Federation, 620002


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