Hans Jonas on Responsibility - Dictionary of Arguments
Brocker I 607
Responsibility/Jonas: Initiated by the 1973 Club of Rome report on the limits of growth (see Progress/Club of Rome), among other things, an ecological awareness developed worldwide that dealt with the risks of modern large-scale technology.
This is the historical background to Jonas' ethical main work The Principle of Responsibility (1979). Jonas' thesis: the survival of humanity is endangered and we all bear responsibility that "a humanity exists". (1) See Duty/Jonas, Ethics/Jonas, Existence/Jonas.
Brocker I 608
Modern technology, however, has created an expanded dimension of responsibility that extends to the entire biosphere. See Nature/Jonas, Ethics/Jonas.
New types of responsibility are future and remote responsibility (2), which must complement the existing near and present ethics.
Brocker I 616
Jonas: "Power combined with reason carries responsibility in itself." (3)
1. Hans Jonas, Das Prinzip Verantwortung. Versuch einer Ethik für die technologische Zivilisation, Frankfurt/M. 1979, S. 91.
2. Ibid. p. 42, 63, 175.
3. Ibid. p. 248.
Manfred Brocker, „Hans Jonas, Das Prinzip Verantwortung“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018_____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.
Das Prinzip Verantwortung. Versuch einer Ethik für die technologische Zivilisation Frankfurt 1979
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018