The life and thought of Hans Jonas: Jewish dimensions

Wiese, Christian (2007) The life and thought of Hans Jonas: Jewish dimensions. The Tauber Institute Series for the Study of European Jewry . Brandeis University Press. ISBN 9781584656388

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Abstract

Hans Jonas (19031993) is one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century. Born in a German Jewish community in the Rhineland, Jonass mentors included Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Rudolf Bultmann. The committed Zionist fled Germany in 1933 for Jerusalem, fought in the British Army against Hitler, and then left Israel for North America in 1949. Much of Jonass philosophy responds to contemporary historical and political challenges: mass society, totalitarianism, the Holocaust, nuclearism, environmental devastation (Chernobyl), and, later, the risks of genetic engineering. Wieses study examines how Jonass Jewish background influenced his intellectual development. Wiese shows how philosophical ethics and Jewish identity were two inseparable aspects of his thinking, with the fight against Nihilism as the most important link. Drawing on a wealth of unpublished material and exploring momentous encounters with major figures of 20th century life and letters like Gershom Scholem and Hannah Arendt, Wiese demonstrates how Jonas combined religious and philosophical elements in his thought, and offers new insights into the work of this eminent thinker.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Depositing User: Christian Wiese
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:20
Last Modified: 15 Aug 2012 09:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25530
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