A Marginal Jew

Memoirs
Hans Jonas
Edited by Christian Wiese, Translated by Krishna Winston
Brandeis University Press, $35, 320 pp.

God Interrupted
Heresy and the European Imagination between the World Wars
Benjamin Lazier
Princeton University Press, $29.95, 270 pp.

Sometimes, pace the Lord, a prophet is honored only in his native land. So suggests the case of Hans Jonas, a philosopher whose prophetic warnings in the 1970s about dangers to the environment earned him fame in his native Germany and even played a part in inspiring a political movement there, the German Green Party. By contrast, Jonas is hardly a household name in the United States, where he lived from 1952 until his death in 1993, and even many professional philosophers here...

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Bernard G. Prusak is associate professor of philosophy and director of the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.