The Phenomenon of Life

The Phenomenon of Life

Toward a Philosophical Biology

Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

by Hans Jonas

Foreword by Lawrence Vogel

Other primary creator Eleonore Jonas

Imprint: Northwestern University Press

304 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780810117495
  • 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.

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