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

 
 
 
 
The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age
Author: Hans Jonas
ISBN 13: 9780226405971
ISBN 10: 226405974
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1985-10-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 263
List Price: $32.00
 
 

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.