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Bernstein, 1994. Social Research 61(4):833-852

Rethinking Responsibility
Richard Bernstein

Social Research: An International Quarterly
Sixtieth Anniversary 1934-1994: The Legacy of Our Past
Arien Mack, Editor

Volume 61, No. 4 (Winter 1994): 833:852

ABSTRACT: This article explores philosopher Hans Jonas' rethinking of the ethics of responsibility, within the context of his essay The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics for the Technological Age. Jonas isolated four characteristics of human actions which he claims were presupposed by all previous ethics and which are no longer adequate in a world where modern technology has so altered human action. Jonas argues that there is indeed an ontological locus of purpose in nature itself, that people can bridge the alleged chasm between the is and the ought without committing a naturalistic fallacy, that there is a self-affirmation of being in the very purposiveness of nature itself. It is the...
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