Hans Jonas, The Phenomenon of Life

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Jonas, The Phenomenon of Life

Fall 2018

Taught By: Miguel Jose Paley De Greiff

Section: A

CRN: 7532

Credits: 2

This course will consist in a close reading of Hans Jonas’, The Phenomenon of Life (1966). Written during Jonas’ time at The New School, The Phenomenon of Life is an attempt to explain how the human mind arises from nature. Through a series of essays considering topics as diverse as death, art, technology, sense-perception, evolution, biology, and theology, Jonas gives us a new way to understand the nature of human freedom and, along with it, our place in the world. As a classic in its field, a reading of Jonas’ text can also serve as an introduction to the traditions of existentialism and phenomenology while also presenting students with a key part of the intellectual history of The New School. Some knowledge of the history of philosophy is preferred but not required.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Tutorial (J)

Max Enrollment: 7

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:40pm 12/10/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 3:50pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 615

Date Range: 8/28/2018 - 10/16/2018