Date of Degree


Document Type


Degree Name



Political Science


Richard Wolin

Committee Members

Susan Buck-Morss

Uday Mehta

Subject Categories

Intellectual History | Political Theory


Karl Jaspers, universal history, liberalism


A relatively overlooked but important work, The Origin and Goal of History, by Karl Jaspers is examined with regard the intellectual history of its development and influence, and its structure and prospects for contemporary and future relevance for political theory. Emphasis is placed on the argument that the central aspect of the work has been neglected in recent, important literature: its connection of a universal historical narrative with a theory of contemporary politics.


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