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Hans Jonas

1903 - 1993

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Hans Jonas (; German: [ˈjoːnas]; 10 May 1903 – 5 February 1993) was a German-born American Jewish philosopher, from 1955 to 1976 the Alvin Johnson Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Jonas has received more than 269,757 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia. Hans Jonas is the 267th most popular philosopher (down from 245th in 2019), the 566th most popular biography from Germany (down from 473rd in 2019) and the 38th most popular German Philosopher.

Hans Jonas is most famous for his work on the philosophy of technology. He was a Jewish philosopher born in Germany, and he fled to the United States during the Nazi regime. His most famous work is "The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of Ethics for the Technological Age."

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Among philosophers, Hans Jonas ranks 267 out of 1,081Before him are Carneades, Nicole Oresme, Alcmaeon of Croton, Arcesilaus, Otto Weininger, and Roger Garaudy. After him are Xenocrates, Andronicus of Rhodes, Julius Evola, Pherecydes of Syros, Paramahansa Yogananda, and William Godwin.

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Among people born in 1903, Hans Jonas ranks 30Before him are Nikolai Podgorny, Karl Hanke, Alec Douglas-Home, Jan Tinbergen, Mustafa Barzani, and Irène Némirovsky. After him are The French Angel, Bing Crosby, Fahri Korutürk, Hugo Theorell, Raymond Queneau, and Matthias Sindelar. Among people deceased in 1993, Hans Jonas ranks 17Before him are Turgut Özal, Zviad Gamsakhurdia, Anthony Burgess, Infante Juan, Count of Barcelona, André the Giant, and Inge Lehmann. After him are Brandon Lee, Polykarp Kusch, Bobby Moore, W. Edwards Deming, Dizzy Gillespie, and Kōbō Abe.

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Among people born in Germany, Hans Jonas ranks 566 out of 6,142Before him are Hans von Seeckt (1866), Elisabeth of Wied (1843), Karl Gebhardt (1897), Rupert, King of Germany (1352), John of Saxony (1801), and Maria Anna of Bavaria (1551). After him are August Wilhelm Schlegel (1767), Elizabeth Alexeievna (1779), Albert Casimir, Duke of Teschen (1738), Werner Mölders (1913), Werner Forssmann (1904), and Eleanor of Austria, Queen of Poland (1653).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Hans Jonas ranks 38Before him are Athanasius Kircher (1602), Rudolf Carnap (1891), Moses Mendelssohn (1729), Franz Brentano (1838), Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), and Ernst Bloch (1885). After him are Bruno Bauer (1809), Rudolf Bultmann (1884), Adam of Bremen (null), Rudolf Otto (1869), Johann Reuchlin (1455), and Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743).