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Hans Jonas And Research On Gnosticism From A Contemporary Perspective

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Gnosticism was a topic of the early history of Christianity; for Harnack, it was the example of an ?acute secularization of Christianity. Hans Jonas understandably obtains the starting point for carrying out his entire program from the layer of evidence or objectivization, i.e., from the mythological traditions of Gnosticism. The Gnostic appears as a kind of opposite type to the person that Jonas called for in the future in his later philosophy and who must-in the sense of a categorical imperative-take on responsibility for nature, the world, and humans, in other words for ?creation.? Contrary to the academic subject of his youth-Gnostic rejection of the world, and its condemnation of creation as a mistake-in view of the circumstances Jonas has raised responsibility for the world to a central ethical concept and recognized it as a decisive task for practical philosophy.

Keywords: Christianity; Gnosticism; Hans Jonas; humanity



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