The Legacy of Hans Jonas: Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life

Wiese, Prof Christian and Tirosh-Samuelson, H, eds. (2008) The Legacy of Hans Jonas: Judaism and the Phenomenon of Life. Brill Publishers. ISBN 9789004167223

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Hans Jonas (1903-1993) was one of the most creative and original Jewish thinkers of the 20th century. This volume offers a restropective of Jonas' life and works by bringing together historians of modern Germany, Judaica scholars, philosophers, bioethicists, and enviornmentalists to reflect on the meaning of his legacy today. From a historian of religions, who wrote path-breaking monograph on Gnosticism, Jonas turned to philosophy of nature, extending his existential philosophy and phenomenological analysis to include all forms of life. Unique among twentieth-century Jewish philosophers, Jonas argued for the possibility of a genuinely symbiotic relationship between humanity and nature, which he believed had been suppressed by modern tehcnology. Jonas spoke against the human domination of nature on the basis of Jewish sources, espeically the Bible and Lurianic kabbalah, and he was among the first to define the ethical challenges that modern technology poses to humanity.

Item Type: Edited Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Depositing User: Christian Wiese
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:47
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2012 21:44
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