Hans Jonas’s Ethic of Responsibility
From Ontology to Ecology
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: State University of New York Press
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I would like to thank the following people for their help and support: Dr. Dietrich B?hler at the Hans Jonas-Zentrum, Freie Universit?t Berlin; Dr. Brigitte Parakenings at the Philosophisches Archiv de Universit?t Konstanz; Daniel Callahan at The Hastings Center; Dr. Dmitri Nikulin at the New School for Social Research; Dr. David Appelbaum at the ...
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A central concern, perhaps the central concern in ethical theory is the question of foundation: Upon what grounds must a theory of ethics rest if it is to persuade us of its rightness, its truth? The questioning of the roots of ethics originates with Socrates and extends throughout the his-tory of moral philosophy, yet today this questioning seems to have lost ...
1The Philosophical Genesis of theEcological Crisis
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When I see the blind and wretched state of man, when I survey the whole universe in its dumbness and man left to himself with no light, as though lost in this corner of the universe, without knowing who put him there, what he has come to do, what will become of him when he dies, incapable of knowing anything, I am moved to terror, like a man ...
2A Philosophy of the Organism
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My thesis was that the essence of reality reveals itself most completely in the organic components of the organism?not in the atom, not in the molecule, not in the crystal, also not in the planets, suns, and so forth, but in the living organism, which indubitably is a body, but harbors something more than the silent being of matter. Only from this starting ...
3Nature and Value
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I felt I had to take the risk of suggesting that values were more than a matter of subjective choice, the risk of deriving certain obligations from being, for I?m sure I?m right about this, even if I haven?t succeeded in completely working out the proof that being can tell us something about how we should live, but above all about the responsibilities that ...
4The Good, the “Idea of Man,”and Responsibility
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In purposiveness as such, whose reality and efficacy in the world speak through the witness of things alive, we can see a fundamental self-affirmation of being. In every purpose, being declares itself for itself and against nothing ness. . . . Hence, the mere fact that being is not indifferent to itself makes its difference from non-being the basic value of all values, ...
5Technology, Nature, and Ethics
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I am of the opinion that philosophy must work out a new theory of being in which the position of human beings in the cosmos and their relationship to nature are of central concern. Utopian thinking in the future would then focus on making peace between human beings and nature . . . It?s a question of educating people so that they will adopt ...
ConclusionThe Ethic of Responsibility and theProblem of the Future
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Responsibility for, and to, the future is the central tenet of Jonas?s ethical philosophy, the end at which his theoretical work aims. He argues, first, that as a result of the great success of the human technological capacity and its resultant increase in power, human beings are burdened with the very serious long-term responsibilities that accompany that power. ...
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Page Count: 246
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: SUNY series in Environmental Philosophy and Ethics