The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age

Hans Jonas here rethinks the foundations of ethics in light of the awesome transformations wrought by modern technology the threat of nuclear war, ecological ravage, genetic engineering, and the like Though informed by a deep reverence for human life, Jonas s ethics is grounded not in religion but in metaphysics, in a secular doctrine that makes explicit man s duties towHans Jonas here rethinks the foundations of ethics in light of the awesome transformations wrought by modern technology the threat of nuclear war, ecological ravage, genetic engineering, and the like Though informed by a deep reverence for human life, Jonas s ethics is grounded not in religion but in metaphysics, in a secular doctrine that makes explicit man s duties toward himself, his posterity, and the environment Jonas offers an assessment of practical goals under present circumstances, ending with a critique of modern utopianism.
The Imperative of Responsibility In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age Hans Jonas here rethinks the foundations of ethics in light of the awesome transformations wrought by modern technology the threat of nuclear war ecological ravage genetic engineering and the like

  • Title: The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age
  • Author: Hans Jonas
  • ISBN: 9780226405971
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age”

    1. gene sadece türkçe olmadığından bir yıldız eksik :) arendt'in human condition'ına paralel okursanız birbirlerini tamamladığını fark edersiniz. insanca davranmanın esasına dair esaslı bir düşünce.

    2. Hans Jonas, in "The Imperative of Responsibility," argues that the ethical codes that we have inherited are no longer sufficient given the altered nature of human action--its increasing magnitude and impact (especially on nature). Past ethical codes (such as that of Judaism and Christianity or classical philosophy) focus predominantly on interpersonal relations bounded by time and space, but the impact of human actions now extends far beyond that. This new world is also characterized increasingl [...]

    3. I have read a number of books in the arena of the philosophy of technology, and many have been suggestive of a technological ethics, but few have offered major substantive proposals. Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, Hans Jonas aims to fill that gap by proposing an ethics built around the concept of responsibility for the continued existence of humankind and is informed by the distinctive ways in which modern technologies have fundamentally transformed the range and effect of human [...]

    4. This isn't so much a review as how I think the book applies to the world today. The core argument is that when it comes to new technologies, genetically modified organisms, fuel, etc the burden of proof in deciding to adopt them, despite unknown side effects, should favor caution over commerce. The Bush administration/Global industry position stands in contrast: so long as something has not been affirmatively demonstrated as unsafe, then we should use it for the sake of more efficient commerce, [...]

    5. La obra cumbre del filósofo Hans Jonas quien nos muestra la importancia de la responsabilidad en un mundo en donde el humano muestra su poderío mediante la tecnología y el abuso por la naturaleza.

    6. Dense and good and imperative (lol), although I found the appendix on the mind/body problem totally incomprehensible

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