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is an online journal in philosophy devoted to research and publication in philosophy, religion, politics, and the arts.  The title of this journal is inspired by the writing of Karl Jaspers and his notion of philosophizing on the grounds of possible Existenz (mögliche Existenz), by which he meant philosophical thinking that might elucidate the meaning of human experience and existence.

Helmut Wautischer

Assistant Editor
Ruth A. Burch

Mission Statement

The mission of Existenz is to encourage research and publication on problems and topics consistent with the general outlook of Karl Jaspers, namely, the history of philosophy, phenomenology, existentialism, and hermeneutics; psychology, philosophy of religion, politics, culture, and the arts. The journal serves as a medium of publication for Jaspers scholarship, it cooperates with various national Jaspers societies, including those in the United States, Japan, Poland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Croatia, and it also considers direct submissions of articles for online publication.

The essays published in Existenz are made available Open Access by upholding and emphasizing the Academic Honor Code.


Alina Marin On the Importance of Applying Jaspers' Concept of Understanding in Psychopathology
S. Nassir Ghaemi The Misunderstanding of Understanding (Verstehen):
Karl Jaspers, Wilhelm Dilthey, and Psychiatry
Jann E. Schlimme

Meeting on a Level Playing Field:
Psychotic Realities—Worldviews—Existential Communication

Giovanni Stanghellini My Way to Lost in Dialogue and Beyond
Otto Doerr-Zegers Dialoguing with Giovanni Stanghellini's Ideas Regarding Melancholic, Borderline, and Schizoid Personalities
Guilherme Peres Messas In Between Two Realms of Phenomenological Psychopathology —The Open Perspectivism of Giovanni Stanghellini
Louis A. Sass Autonomy, Agency, and Schizophrenia:
Reflections on Selfhood and Alterity

Anthony Vincent Fernandez

From the General to the Particular:
On the Challenges of Integrating Phenomenology, Hermeneutics, and Psychodynamic Theory
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