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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

Associate 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.


Current Issue Volume 14/2, Fall 2019
International Relations in a Global Age

Mats Andrén

Karl Jaspers on the Atomic Bomb and Responsibility
Xi Chen Homebound: Hikikomori and the Phenomenology of
Radical Social Withdrawal
Devin Zane Shaw Unsettling Jaspers: Historicizing Metaphysical Guilt
Pierre Keller The Kantian Idea of Constitutional Patriotism—Part 1: Constitutional Patriotism and Revolution
Kiki Berk Jaspers on Death
Joshua Tepley Jaspers on the Question of Free Will
Jörn Kroll Open Sky—Open Society: Zhuangzi and Jaspers
Fidel J. Gutiérrez Vivanco Philosophical Foundations of War and World Peace
Trevor Tchir Hannah Arendt's Theory of Political Action
Frederick M. Dolan Political Freedom: Human not Divine
Karin Fry Aesthetics and Politics in Hannah Arendt
Jennifer Gaffney The Daimon as Metaphor: Naming the Ground of the "Who" in Arendt's Theory of Political Action
Pierre Keller The Kantian Idea of Constitutional Patriotism—Part 2:
The Very Idea of a Constitutional Republic
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