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Hans Jonas’s Position In The History Of German Philosophy

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Hans Jonas?s rapid acceptance in Germany and his still tentative reception in the Anglo-Saxon world are also explained by the fact that his philosophy is rooted quite particularly in the German tradition. Jonas?s unique position in the history of German philosophy lies in the fact that he knew how to make Martin Heidegger?s challenges to world philosophy fertile and at the same time broke out of the blind alley into which Heidegger?s thinking had led philosophy. This chapter outlines the legacy of Heidegger in Jonas, and discusses the break with Heidegger in philosophy of nature and in ethics. It deals with the objective relationship to Hegel?s and Immanuel Kant?s theories. The chapter presents a more precise objective analysis of Jonas?s philosophy elsewhere there is no need for the author to provide a detailed presentation and analysis of Jonas?s argumentation. The chapter's concern is only the historical location of Jonas?s thinking.

Keywords: German philosophy; Hans Jonas; Hegelian system; Immanuel Kant; Martin Heidegger



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