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Outdated, but still a good, solid introduction to the travails of the Gnostics of assorted hue. Hans Jonas was a well-known Jewish thinker, an early and influential biomedical ethicist, and an equally early and influential philosopher of technology in the United States and his native Germany.

Born in in Monchengladbach, Jonas studied under Martin Heidegger at the University of Freiburg before Hitler came to power and Heidegger became chancellor of the university. He received his doctorate in from the University of Marburg. In he fled Germany and, in , publicly repudiated Heidegger because of his Nazi connections. Jonas taught in Jerusalem and Canada before becoming a professor at the New School for Social Research in New York in , where he was chair of the philosophy department and Johnson Professor of Philosophy from until his retirement in Jonas is best known for his neo-Kantian ethics of responsible caution in the face of the awesome power of modern technologyespecially the power of modern biotechnology, including genetic engineering.

According to Jonas, we must consult our fears and not our hopes when understanding technological ventures that can have a potentially devastating impact on what it means to be human and therefore ethical.

More than half of Jonas's books were written in German, including an early version of his greatest work, The Imperative of Responsibility Hans Jonas. Here is a full-scale study of the heretical world of Gnosticism - its literature, symbolic language and main tenets - based on actual Gnostic documents and written by an eminent authority in the field. The paperback edition of this classic contains an important new chapter entitled "The Recent Discoveries in the Field of Gnosticism, " and an epilogue on "Gnosticism, Existentialism and Nihilism.

The Meaning of Gnosis and the Extent of the Gnostic.


The Gnostic Religion, by Hans Jonas

Hans Jonas was a distinguished philosopher specializing in political science, theology, and bioethics. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Available from:.


Hans Jonas

Hans Jonas. All investigations of detail over the last half century have proved divergent rather than convergent, and leave us with a portrait of Gnosticism in which the absence of a unifying character seems to be the salient feature' - Hans Jonas, Preface, No modern writer that I am aware of has brought life to Gnosticism as Jonas has. While in no way neglecting historical or theological issues, Jonas didn't get bogged down in them: he insisted on revealing the existential import of Gnosticism. Indeed, at the end of this book he explores the commonalities of ancient Gnosticism and Heidegger's existentialism. What does it mean to feel one is in a cosmos in which God is alien or absent?


The Gnostic Religion

Heidegger joined the Nazi Party in , which may have disturbed Jonas, as he was Jewish and an active Zionist. Certainly, in Jonas would repudiate his mentor Heidegger, for his affiliation with the Nazis. He left Germany for England in , and from England he moved to Palestine in There he met Lore Weiner , to whom he became betrothed.


The Gnostic Religion: The Message of the Alien God and the Beginnings of Christianity

Lost your password? Please enter your username or email address. You will receive a link to create a new password via email. In any conflict it is the victorious party that writes the history, and, particularly if the issue is religion, the record of the opposition is either wholly effaced or survives only in the aspect given it by its enemies. So it has been with the Gnostics, whose doctrines could be reconstructed only from attacks made upon them by certain Church Fathers who wrote while Gnosticism was a present danger.

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