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Borderline Situation
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[German Version]

This concept was introduced by K. Jaspers to describe the specific existence of the human person as distinct from all that exists as a thing (Existentialism [philosophy]; Existentialism [theology]). A borderline situation cannot be planned and controlled by the reason; it is contingent, and is an existential datum of human existence like for example historicality, happiness, unhappiness, suffering, struggle, guilt, and death. Existence is never something guaranteed or exempt from questioning. If we accept a borderline situation, this contri…

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Rosenau, Hartmut, “Borderline Situation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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