File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_1997/may12, message 39

Date: Tue, 22 Apr 1997 14:35:52 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: Re: Jonas' Imperative of Responsibility

Jonas, Hans,
The imperative of responsibility: foundations of an
ethics for the technological age, with an appendix on
the impotence or power of subjectivity / Hans Jonas ;
translated by Hans Jonas, with the collaboration of
David Herr
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1984.


Michael Heine                   mheine
University of Calgary           at
Calgary, Alberta                acs
Canada                          ucalgary

On Tue, 22 Apr 1997, Sigmund Rivkin-Fish wrote:

> On Sun, 20 Apr 1997, Jose Alias wrote:
> > I have come across the name of Hans Jonas referring to his 'Imperative of 
> > Responsibility', but I couldn't find it, so I would be glad if someone introduce 
> > me his main ideas.
> > Thanks, 
> > Jose.
> Jose. I am not familiar with the term 'imperative of responsibility', but
> I presume you are referring to Hans Joas (and not Jonas). He has written
> an important book about pragmatism, and has recently had his *Creativity
> of Action* translated into English. I have only read the latter, and
> participated in a theory discussion group with him at the New School for
> Social Research where he is currently visiting. His general project is
> nothing less than a reconstruction of a new theory of action grounded in
> Pragmatism (especially Dewey). He combines Merleu-Ponty's writings of
> bodily phenomenology with American pragmatism's insistance on the
> creative, situation-embedded, dialogic, bodily engagement with reality.
> There are a lot of affinities with Giddens and maybe even more with
> Bourdieu (on the body, but Bourdieu tends not to be overly interested in
> the situation-embedded problematic any longer [although it is there in
> *Outline* and in *Logic*], and there isn't much in Bourdieu about
> creativity [although there is the germs of a theory of creativity in his
> writings on Flaubert]). Let me know if you want a more detailed summary of
> his argument in *The Creativity of Action*, and his views on Bourdieu.
> Ziggy Fish
> Dept. of Sociology
> Princeton University
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