Agora Foundation Seminar - Hans Jonas Mortality and Morality: A Search for Good After Auschwitz - Part I
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Hans Jonas Mortality and Morality: A Search for Good After Auschwitz - Part I
Reading selection: Chapter 3 - The Burden and Blessing of Mortality, and Chapter 4 - Toward an Ontological Grounding of an Ethics for the Future. Attendees are also encouraged to read the Prologue, and Chapters 1. and 2, but the focus of the conversation will be Chapters 3. and 4.
Hans Jonas (10 May 1903 – 5 February 1993) was a German-born American Jewish philosopher, from 1955 to 1976 the Alvin Johnson Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
Jonas's writings were very influential in different spheres. For example, The Gnostic Religion, based on his early research on the Gnosis and 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".The Agora Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit endeavor, providing seminars and other educational opportunities to those who are busy with careers, families, and daily responsibilities yet are seeking to further their education without the commitments a return to school would involve. The goal of these offerings is to provide an understanding of the ideas that shape civilizations.