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Ontology and nihilism in the environmental philosophy of Hans Jonas

Ontology and nihilism in the environmental philosophy of Hans Jonas This paper looks at two works of Hans Jonas from a Heideggerian perspective, contrasting the earlier, ontologically oriented philosophy of biology with his later and better–known articulation of environmental ethics. It is argued that philosophy's proper contribution to the interdisciplinary problematic must include an ontological inquiry prior to any attempt to work out a "new ethics". Only in this way, caught sight of in Jonas's earlier work but subsequently abandoned, can the nihilism of the value–neutral objective scientific enframing of the problematic be overcome. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interdisciplinary Environmental Review Inderscience Publishers

Ontology and nihilism in the environmental philosophy of Hans Jonas

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Inderscience Publishers
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ISSN
1521-0227
eISSN
2042-6992
DOI
10.1504/IER.2002.053891
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Abstract

This paper looks at two works of Hans Jonas from a Heideggerian perspective, contrasting the earlier, ontologically oriented philosophy of biology with his later and better–known articulation of environmental ethics. It is argued that philosophy's proper contribution to the interdisciplinary problematic must include an ontological inquiry prior to any attempt to work out a "new ethics". Only in this way, caught sight of in Jonas's earlier work but subsequently abandoned, can the nihilism of the value–neutral objective scientific enframing of the problematic be overcome.

Journal

Interdisciplinary Environmental ReviewInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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