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This front matter section of this book titled The Legacy of Hans Jonas: Judaism and the phenomenon of life contains acknowledgments, a note on contributors and Preface understanding Jonas: an interdisciplinary project Hava Tirosh-Samuelson. In Jonas?s view, the fact that the ancient Greeks believed that nature and humankind inhabited a common world represented a valuable hedge against the temptations of human arrogance: to defile nature was, as it was, to defile a fraternal other. The Greeks practiced a nature religion which expressed their conviction that the natural world was ultimately of divine provenance. Taking the Greek, holistic view of nature as his point of departure, in The Phenomenon of Life Jonas sought to bridge the fateful Cartesian- scientific opposition between organic nature and mod.

Keywords: ancient Greeks; Hans Jonas; Judaism

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