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Hans Jonas And Secular Religiosity

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This chapter claims that Hans Jonas developed a form of secularism that includes elements of religiosity in order to integrate a science devoid of values with certain religious ideas necessary for the survival of humanity and the world. Jonas?s speculations may be ?a luxury of reason,? but he himself believed they conveyed meaning to our existence without contradicting reason. This way of thinking is typical of what the author shall call ?secular religiosity?. Jonas?s secular religiosity has five components, and all of them can be viewed as adaptations of Jewish religious values critical for the spiritual and material survival of humanity and the world. The five components are: God, matter, and mind; the creation of the world; the creation of man in the image of God; commandments and immortality; and responsibility as secular religiosity.

Keywords: commandments; Hans Jonas; humanity; immortality; Jewish religious values; secular religiosity



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