Jaspers’s Existentialism with guest Paul Provenza

Jan 19, 2015, 10:55 PM

On Karl Jaspers’s “On My Philosophy” (1941), featuring comedian/actor/director/author Paul Provenza.

What’s the relationship between science and philosophy? What about religion? Jaspers thinks that science gives you facts, but for an overarching world-view, you need philosophy. Living such a world-view requires Existenz, or a leap towards transcendence, which is of course religion’s stock and trade, though Jaspers is not a fan of dogmatism (or of giving definitions for his basic terms).

Seth got to go hang at the Provenza mansion and hooked up with Mark, Wes, and Dylan for an especially lively session covering the different flavors of existentialism, freedom, Jaspers vs. Heidegger, philosophical comedy, how existentialism just ripped off Buddhism, and Seth’s visit to not-a-strip-club.

Be sure to listen to Mark’s introduction, then read more about the topic and get the text.

End song: “Another Way to Fall,” New People, from The Easy Thing (2009), written by Matt Ackerman. Go to the blog: http://www.partiallyexaminedlife.com/2015/01/19/episode-109-jasperss-existentialism-with-guest-paul-provenza/ #jaspers #existentialism #reason #transcendence #provenza