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

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dc.contributor.advisor Russon, John
dc.contributor.author Schneider, Adam T.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-19T14:27:11Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-19T14:27:11Z
dc.date.copyright 2008
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10214/25030
dc.description.abstract This 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.
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject Hans Jonas
dc.subject philosophical biology
dc.subject metabolic ontology
dc.subject ectosomatic metabolite
dc.subject technology
dc.title A formulation of Jonsian metabolic ontology and an argument for technology as an ectosomatic metabolite
dc.type Thesis
dc.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.degree.department Department of Philosophy
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