International Philosophical Quarterly


published on September 19, 2017

Eric Pommier

Hans Jonas’s Biological Philosophy
Metaphysics or Phenomenology?

Should we understand the biological philosophy of Hans Jonas as a phenomenology for unveiling the phenomenon of life or as a kind of Hegelian metaphysics that presents life as a substantial principle? To answer that question, we need to deal first with the question of our access to other living beings and then with the problem of the spiritualization of the concept of evolution. This article will use an essay called “Organism and Freedom: An Essay in Philosophical Biology.”