Karl Jaspers

German psychiatrist and philosopher

1883   -   1969

country of citizenship: Germany, Switzerland
educated at: Heidelberg University
occupation: philosopher, psychiatrist, physician, theologian, university teacher, writer
award received: Pour le Mérite for Sciences and Arts, Goethe Prize, Erasmus Prize, Peace Prize of the German Book Trade
student of: Franz Nissl

Karl Theodor Jaspers (; German: [ˈkaɐ̯l 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. After being trained in and practicing psychiatry, Jaspers turned to philosophical inquiry and attempted to discover an innovative philosophical system. He was often viewed as a major exponent of existentialism in Germany, though he did not accept the label.
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