A formulation of Jonsian metabolic ontology and an argument for technology as an ectosomatic metabolite

dc.contributor.advisorRusson, John
dc.contributor.authorSchneider, Adam T.
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-19T14:27:11Z
dc.date.available2021-04-19T14:27:11Z
dc.date.copyright2008
dc.degree.departmentDepartment of Philosophyen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis investigates Hans Jonas's philosophical biology. Jonas's project is to overcome mind/nature dualism that he argues is responsible for an impoverished understanding of organic existence and our despoliation of the environment. His solution is a rich, existential interpretation of the biological facts, and he shows that mind and freedom are continuous with life. I derive a more precise formulation of Jonas's metabolic ontology and show that upon closing the dualism between mind and nature, Jonas opens up another between humanity and technology. After deriving a new formulation of his ontology, I argue that technological activity is an ectosomatic form of metabolism. I conclude by suggesting that this view has strong implications for Jonas's conceptions of technology and environmental ethics.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/25030
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectHans Jonasen_US
dc.subjectphilosophical biologyen_US
dc.subjectmetabolic ontologyen_US
dc.subjectectosomatic metaboliteen_US
dc.subjecttechnologyen_US
dc.titleA formulation of Jonsian metabolic ontology and an argument for technology as an ectosomatic metaboliteen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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