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“SELF AND BEYOND” seems, perhaps, the appropriate place to post this link to this discussion about the philosopher Karl Jaspers in which I participated at the Vancouver meeting of the American Philosophical Association in April.

http://www.bu.edu/paideia/kjsna/

Scroll down the page to find the discussion of Professor Matthias Bormuth’s book, Life Conduct in Modern Times, in which I was delighted to participate as commentator and critic. Professor Bormuth’s talk is scholarly yet informal and patently sincere–an unusual man with whom I struck up an almost instant friendship. This is the sort of “I-Thou” encounter one searches for often in vain in professional circles; when one finds the real thing, it is received as a gift. In this case, similar “themes” (“existential codes,” let us say) underwrite what Jasper’s himself referred to as “existential communication.” This–and Jasper’s notion of “hidden transcendence” (a feeling for the sacred in a secular world)–are especially worthy of note.