The first volume of a major critical edition of philosophy professor emeritus Hans Jonas’ work has just been published. Jonas fled Germany in 1933 when Hitler came to power, and taught in Jerusalem and Canada, before coming to New York to teach at The New School for Social Research in 1955. Jonas was chairman of the Philosophy department from 1957 to 1963 and the Alvin Johnson Professor of Philosophy from 1966 until his retirement in 1976.
This new edition will include Jonas’ German and English works and is edited by Herausgegeben von Dietrich B√∂hler, Michael Bongardt, Holger Burckhart, Christian Wiese, and Walther Ch. Zimmerli.
Jonas was born in M√∂nchengladbach, Germany on May 10, 1903. He studied philosophy and theology in Freiburg, Berlin, and Heidelberg, and finally earned his Doctor of Philosophy at Marburg where he studied under Martin Heidegger and Rudolf Bultmann. In Marburg he met Hannah Arendt who was also pursuing her doctorate. The two of them remained friends for the rest of their lives. Jonas became world-known for his book The Imperative of Responsibility and drew wide attention in 1964 when he repudiated Heidegger for his infatuation with Nazi ideology.