The “Imperative of Responsibility” 40 years later
Av. Vicuña Mackenna, 4860
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In The Imperative of Responsibility Hans Jonas rethinks the foundations of ethics in light of the awesome transformations wrought by modern technology: the threat of nuclear war, ecological ravage, genetic engineering, etc. Though informed by a deep reverence for human life, Jonas’s ethics is grounded in a doctrine that makes explicit man’s duties toward himself, his posterity, and the environment. Jonas offers an assessment of practical goals under present circumstances, ending with a critique of modern utopianism.
The colloquium is neither on Hans Jonas exclusively nor on the concept of responsibility in all its breadth.
Topics include (but are not limited to):
1. Responsibility and ethics of investigation
2. Responsibility and politics
3. Responsibility and ecology/environmental ethics
4. Responsibility and technology
5. Responsibility and theology
6. The ontological foundation of responsibility
7. Responsibility and Utopia
The conference will run for two days, October, 2-3. Invited keynote presentations will be 45 min long, while contributed papers will be 30 min long (20 min paper + 10 min Q&A) for contributed papers.
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