Saturday, 11 May 2013

First Green Philosopher

German-born philosopher Hans Jonas (1903-1993)  called on human beings to take responsibility for the earth as if the future of human life depended on it, thus becoming a "father of the environmental movement".

Concerned that both philosophy and science were "value free," and could just as easily be employed in the service of murderous ends as beneficial ones, he became a pioneer in the nascent field of bioethics. 

Before most others, he understood that human beings had the capacity to destroy not only their own species, but the very existence of life on earth in general.

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