Jonas, Hans

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Jonas, Hans Gender: M
born on 10 May 1903 at 07:30 (= 07:30 AM )
Place Mönchengladbach, Germany, 51n12, 6e28
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 18°26' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 03°16 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 03°09'

Hans Jonas
photo: Kliojünger, license gfdl


German-born American Jewish philosopher whose writings were very influential in different spheres. For example, The Gnostic Religion, based on his early research on the Gnosis and first published in 1958, was for many years the standard work in English on the subject of Gnosticism. The Imperative of Responsibility (German 1979, English 1984) centers on social and ethical problems created by technology. Jonas insists that human survival depends on our efforts to care for our planet and its future. While The Imperative of Responsibility has been credited with catalyzing the environmental movement in Germany, his work The Phenomenon of Life (1966) forms the philosophical undergirding of one major school of bioethics in America.

From 1955 to 1976 he was the Alvin Johnson Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He died at his home in New Rochelle, New York, on 5 February 1993, aged 89.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) teacher relationship with Meyer, Eduard (born 8 October 1895)
  • (has as) teacher relationship with Strauss, Leo (born 20 September 1899)


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth record from Mönchengladbach City Archives.


  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Philosopher/ Humanist
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 89)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor)
  • Vocation : Humanities+Social Sciences : Philosopher
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction