Die Idee der Universität.
Schriften der Universität Heidelberg Heft 1.Springer, Berlin & Heidelberg , 1946 Stock Code: 123142
NotesSecond edition, extensively revised (first 1923), presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the poet Stephen Spender in ink on the front cover. Scarce: OCLC locates just two copies, both in Denmark. Considered one of the "most important 'representatives of European consciousness'" at the time, Spender attended the "Recontres Internationales de Gèneve" in August-September 1946, the first post-war meeting between the French and German existentialists, which was co-organised by Jaspers and the mathematician and conductor Ernst Ansermet (Leeming, Stephen Spender: A Life in Modernism, 1999, and Sutherland, Stephen Spender: A Literary Life, 2005, p. 318-9). Others in attendance included Hannah Arendt, George Lukacs, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Jaspers and Spender continued to support to similar causes throughout their lives: both, for example, contributed to liberal journals such as Preuves and Liberté de l'esprit, and became members of the anti-communist Congress for Cultural Freedom (founded in 1950).
Die Idee der Universität is Jasper's outline of his philosophy of education and his views about the role of the university, which defends the traditional German university ideal and its two central features: Bildung and Wissenschaft. It was translated into English as The Idea of the University in 1959 (Boston: Beacon Press).
Octavo. Original printed wrappers.
Wrappers and contents browned with occasional faint spotting, head and foot of spine chipped with some minor loss, hinges cracked but firm, overall a very good, clean copy.
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