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By Karl Jaspers

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ISBN-13: 9780808403036

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The universal gives a foundation festation and structure; the historically particular is what actually The universal shows the abstract images, the historical, so to speak, the embodied form. takes hold. (b) 62 Cyphers are either given in empirical realities or THE WORLD OF THE CYPHERS are created as fabrications of man. What is is given the empirical being, the cypher-script of What is created are the conceptions, ideals, and works the cyphers of man with which the symbolism of all things themselves.

B. Meaning of the symbols. Thinking of the symbols through an "other" explains them genetically and dissolves them. Genuine symbols cannot be interpreted; what can be interpreted through an "other" ceases to be a symbol. On the other hand, the interpretation of symbols through them but does not their self-presentation penetrates into explain them. Such interpretation encircles and circumscribes, penetrates and illuminates. It becomes once a part of the symbol. By interpreting, in symbol-status.

If we ask about the extent of the realm of the cyphers then the answer is: everything objective can be a cypher. Cyphers are not new objects, but are newly consummated objects. What- ever of Being occurs in the world, becomes the material of the symbols. A realm of symbols comes about through the circum- stance that particular objects become historically the bearers of symbol-contents. Through paying attention to 60 THE WORLD OF THE CYPHERS their function as symbols it possible to organize the is concretized objectivity of the cyphers in their mere objectness with an accompanying in loss their content.

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