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45th Annual KJSNA Meetings

In conjunction with the XXV World Congress of Philosophy
August 1 – 8, 2024, Rome (Italy)
In conjunction with the Ninth International Karl Jaspers Meeting

August 2 – 7, 2024


Jaspersian Boundary Situations

Program Chair: Helmut Wautischer (Sonoma State University)

Abstracts (download here)

Friday, August 2

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Karl Jaspers and Plotinus

Chair: Oliver Istvan Toth (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria)

M. Ashraf Adeel (Kutztown University of Pennsylvania)
Transcendence in Jaspers, Kant, and Plotinus

Pavlos E. Michaelides (University of Nicosia, CY)
Jaspers and Plotinus: Transcendence, Freedom, and Human Existence in Modernity

Václav Němec (Charles University, Prague, CZ)
Ascent to the One and Becoming Existence:
Different Paths to Selfhood According to Plotinus and Karl Jaspers

Krishna M. Pathak (Hindu College, University of Delhi, India)
Understanding Plotinus' Mysticism through Jaspers' Concept of Existenz:
A Metaontological Approach

Saturday, August 3

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Democracy and Cosmopolitanism

Chair: Jessica Ludescher Imanaka (Seattle University)

Pierre Keller (University of California, Riverside)
Cosmopolitanism, World Philosophy, and the Axial Theory of History

Hans Schelkshorn (University of Vienna, Austria)
In the Shadow of Modern Colonialism: Totalitarianism or Democracy? Karl Jaspers' View on the Future of Modernity and the Authoritarian Turn in Contemporary Global Politics

Gerrit Steunebrink (Radboud University, Netherlands)
Karl Jaspers, India, and Mahatma Gandhi:
On the Usefulness of Jaspers' Book on the Atomic Bomb

Endre Kiss (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
Otto Friedrich Bollnows Intervention
als indirekter Beweis für Karl Jaspers’ philosophische Normativität

Monday, August 5

9:00-11:00 a.m.

The Psychology Regarding Artificial Intelligence

Chair: Elena Bezzubova (University of California, Irvine)

Larissa Bolte (University of Bonn, Germany)
Of Forests and Trees: We Need a Critical Theory of Artificial Intelligence

Tuomas Vesterinen (Stanford University, USA)
Engineering the Normal and the Pathological for Digital Psychiatry

Nolen Gertz (University of Twente, Netherlands)
Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Freedom

Babette Babich (Fordham University)
Friedrich Nietzsche, Psychology, and ChatGPT

Monday, August 5

2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Psychology Regarding the Atomic Bomb

Chair: Ruth A. Burch (Ludes University, Lugano–Pazzallo, Switzerland)

Stephen D. Leach (Keele University, United Kingdom)
Bertrand Russell and Karl Jaspers on Nuclear Weapons

Carlin Romano (University of Pennsylvania)
Truman's Psychology and the Bomb

Francis Cheneval (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Nuclear Weapons and Supranational Authority

Jessica Ludescher Imanaka (Seattle University)
Metamorphosis and Mandala: Moving toward Peace in Hiroshima


Session Coordinator
Mats Andrén (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Tuesday, August 6

9:00-11:45 a.m.

The Concept of World Responsibility

Chair: Mats Andrén (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Ettore Costa (Scuola Superiore Meridionale, Italy)
Fermi's Children: The Global Responsibilities of Italian Scientists after the Nuclear Bomb

Ola Sigurdson (University of Oslo, Norway)
Colleagues with Conflicting Perspectives: Karl Barth and Karl Jaspers on Weltverantwortung

Astrid Grelz (University of Lund, Sweden)
Are We Creating a 'World Without Us'?
Global Responsibility and Annihilism in the Works of Günther Anders

Alina Marin (Queen's University, Ontario, Canada)
Psychopathology at the Crossroads of Freedom and Responsibility

Ben Dorfman (Aalborg University, Denmark)
Global Constitutions and Utopian Dreams:
On Human Rights, Culture, and World Government


Session Coordinator
Mats Andrén (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Tuesday, August 6

2:00-4:00 p.m.

Karl Jaspers and the Idea of Europe

Chair: Luka Trebežnik (Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia)

Mats Andrén (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Who is European Now? From Karl Jaspers to the War against Ukraine

Eddo Evink (Open University, Netherlands)
Europe's Openness: Jacques Derrida, Jan Patočka, and Beyond

Ruth A. Burch (Ludes University, Lugano–Pazzallo, Switzerland)
Revisiting Friedrich Nietzsche’s "Good European" with Karl Jaspers

Simon Calenge (Université de Bourgogne, France)
Existence in Boundary Situations as Possible Impulse for a Social Critic

Session Coordinator
Ruth A. Burch (Ludes University, Lugano–Pazzallo, Switzerland)

Wednesday, August 7

9:00-11:00 a.m.

Boundary Situation: The Use of Suffering and Depression,
Mental or Emotional Disturbance

Chair: Alina Marin (Queen's University, Ontario, Canada)

Csaba Olay (Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary)
Jaspers on Becoming Existence in Boundary Situations

Valeria Bizzari (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)
Vulnerability or Liminality in Edmund Husserl and Karl Jaspers: Interdisciplinary Reflections

Genki Nakamura (Toyo University, Tokyo, Japan)
Existential Anxiety and Boundary Situation
in the Works of Karl Jaspers and Søren Kierkegaard

Elena B. Bezzubova (University of California, Irvine)
Digital Depersonalization as a Form of Grenzsituation

Wednesday, August 7

2:00-3:00 p.m.

International Business Meeting

Chair: Helmut Wautischer (USA)

Attending: M. Ashraf Adeel (USA), Mats Andrén (Sweden), Elena Bezzubova (USA), Ruth A. Burch (Switzerland), Pierre Keller (USA), Jessica Ludescher Imanaka (USA), Alina Marin (Canada), Gerrit Steunebrink (Netherlands).
Open to all WCP participants.