The Phenomenon of Life
Toward a Philosophical Biology
Imprint: Northwestern University Press
304 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: February 2001
A classic of phenomenology and existentialism, The Phenomenon of Life sets forth a systematic and comprehensive philosophy—an existential interpretation of biological facts laid out in support of his claim that the mind is prefigured throughout organic existence. Hans Jonas shows how life-forms present themselves on an ascending scale of perception and freedom of action, a scale reaching its apex in a human being's capacity for thought and morally responsible behavior.
"In his seminal 1966 study The Phenomenon of Life, Hans Jonas sketches out an itinerary for an entirely 'new reading' of the problem of the ontological configuration of organic life vis-à-vis the interpretations provided by both existentialist philosophy and contemporary biological science." —Environmental Philosophy