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The Imperative of Responsibility : In Search of an Ethic for the Technological Age - Hans Jonas

The Imperative of Responsibility

In Search of an Ethic for the Technological Age

Paperback Published: 1st January 1984
ISBN: 9780226405971
Number Of Pages: 268

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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 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 Altered Nature of Human Action
The Example of Antiquity
Characteristics of Previous Ethics
New Dimensions of Responsibility
Technology as the ""Calling"" of Mankind
Old and New Imperatives
Earlier Forms of ""Future-oriented"" Ethics
Man as an Object of Technology
The ""Utopian"" Dynamics of Technical Progress and the Excessive Magnitude of Responsibility
The Ethical Vacuum
On Principles and Method
Ideal and Real Knowledge in the ""Ethic of the Future""
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ISBN: 9780226405971
ISBN-10: 0226405974
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st January 1984
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Type: New edition