Toward a Philosophy of Life to Underpin Personhood in Medicine

  • Osborne P. Wiggins
  • Michael Alan SchwartzEmail author


Hans Jonas has broken new ground in the history of Gnosticism [1] and modernity [2], medical ethics [3], and philosophical biology [4]. He has been embraced by people on the political left and others on the political right. Our presentation draws on his interpretation of modernity and his attempt in his philosophical biology to provide a new path out of some of the dead ends of modernity. As Jonas knew, these concerns have a direct bearing on how we think about medicine.


Natural Science Organic Life Folk Psychology Teleological Explanation Political Left 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy Department, 313 Bingham Humanities BuildingUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Humanities in Medicine and PsychiatryTexas A&M Health Science Center College of MedicineRound RockUSA

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