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The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age
by Hans Jonas
University of Chicago Press, 1984
Cloth: 978-0-226-40596-4 | Paper: 978-0-226-40597-1
Library of Congress Classification BJ1453.J6613 1984
Dewey Decimal Classification 170.42

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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