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Hans Jonas (May 10, 1903 – February 5, 1993) was a German-born philosopher who was, from 1955 to 1976, Alvin Johnson Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Jonas' writings were very influential in different spheres. For example, The Gnostic Religion, first published in 1958, was for many years the standard work in English on the subject of Gnosticism. The Imperative of Responsibility (German 1979, English 1984) centers on social and ethical problems created by technology. Jonas insists that human survival depends on our efforts to care for our planet and its future. He formulated a new and distinctive supreme principle of morality: "Act so that the effects of your action are compatible with the permanence of genuine human life".

While The Imperative of Responsibility has been credited with catalyzing the environmental movement in Germany, his work The Phenomenon of Life (1966) forms the philosophical undergirding of one major school of bioethics in America. Murray Bookchin and Leon Kass both referred to Hans Jonas's work as major, or primary, inspiration. Heavily influenced by Heidegger, The Phenomenon of Life attempts to synthesize the philosophy of matter with the philosophy of mind, producing a rich existential understanding of biology, which ultimately argues for a simultaneously material and moral human nature.

His writing on Gnosticism interprets the religion from an existentialist philosophical viewpoint. Jonas was the first author to write a detailed history of ancient Gnosticism. He was also one of the first philosophers to concern himself with ethical questions in biological science.

Jonas's career is generally divided into three periods defined by the three works just mentioned, but in reverse order: studies of gnosticism, studies of philosophical biology, and ethical studies.

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Total Books: 60
Gnosi e spirito tardo-antico
2010 - Gnosi E Spirito Tardo-antico (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9788845264191
ISBN-10: 884526419X

Memoirs Hans Jonas
2008 - Memoirs Hans Jonas [Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781584656395
ISBN-10: 1584656395
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction

Agostino e il problema paolino della libert
2007 - Agostino E Il Problema Paolino Della Libert (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788837221768
ISBN-10: 8837221762

Potere o impotenza della soggettivit Il problema anima-corpo quale preambolo al Principio responsabilit
2005 - Erinnerungen (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783518456842
ISBN-10: 3518456849

Fatalismus wre Todsnde
2005 - Fatalismus Wre Todsnde (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783825875732
ISBN-10: 3825875733

2005 - Souvenirs (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782743613471
ISBN-10: 2743613475

Evolution et libert
2005 - Evolution Et Libert [French Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782743613488
ISBN-10: 2743613483

Leben Wissenschaft Verantwortung
2004 - Leben Wissenschaft Verantwortung (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783150183403
ISBN-10: 3150183405

El principio de responsabilidad
2004 - El Principio De Responsabilidad [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788425419010
ISBN-10: 8425419018

La filosofia alle soglie del Duemila Una diagnosi e una prognosi
2004 - La Filosofia Alle Soglie Del Duemila Una Diagnosi E Una Prognosi (Other)
ISBN-13: 9788870182293
ISBN-10: 8870182290

Das Prinzip Verantwortung Versuch einer Ethik fr die technologische Zivilisation
The Phenomenon of Life Toward a Philosophical Biology
2001 - The Phenomenon of Life Toward a Philosophical Biology [Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780810117495
ISBN-10: 0810117495
Genres: Nonfiction, Science & Math

The Gnostic Religion
2001 - The Gnostic Religion (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780807058015
ISBN-10: 0807058017
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
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Une thique pour la nature
2000 - Une Thique Pour La Nature (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782220047959
ISBN-10: 2220047954

La religion gnostica/ The Agnosticism Religion
2000 - La Religion Gnostica/ the Agnosticism Religion [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788478444922
ISBN-10: 8478444920
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Nonfiction, Christian Books & Bibles

Entre le nant et l'ternit
2000 - Entre Le Nant Et L'ternit (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9782701119236
ISBN-10: 2701119235

Le Phnomne de la vie Vers une biologie philosophique
2000 - Le Phnomne De La VIe Vers Une Biologie Philosophique (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782804117696
ISBN-10: 2804117693

Gnosis Die Botschaft des fremden Gottes
1999 - Gnosis Die Botschaft Des Fremden Gottes (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783458169444
ISBN-10: 345816944X

Le Principe responsabilit  une thique pour la civilisation technologique
1999 - Le Principe Responsabilit Une Thique Pour La Civilisation Technologique (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782080814029
ISBN-10: 2080814028

Pour une thique du futur
1998 - Pour Une Thique Du Futur (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782743602901
ISBN-10: 2743602902

1997 - Tecnica Medicina Y Etica [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
1996 - Mortality and Morality a Search for the Good After Auschwitz [Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy] (Paperback)Hardcover
1988 - Die Mythologische Gnosis Mit Einer Einf Hrung Zur Geschichte Und Methodologie Der Forschung [FORSCHUNGEN ZUR RELIGION UND LITERATUR DES AT UND NT - German Edition] (Hardcover)
Gnosis Und Spatantiker Geist [Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testaments - German Edition] (Hardcover)
Erkenntnis Und Verantwortung Gesprach Mit Ingo Hermann [Zeugen des Jahrhunderts - German Edition] (Other)
Principio VIda El [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)