Heidegger’s Eigentlichkeit

  • Ulrich Steinvorth


Kant and Hegel found an absolute value in rationality: in acting on universalizable reasons and in obeying the world spirit or the spheres of objective and absolute spirit. Heidegger rejects this conception of rationality and argues that authenticity is the crucial necessary condition of rationality. In Sein und Zeit, he describes it as a property we acquire when, anticipating our death, we change from a they-self to our ownmost self; we don’t adapt to a given self but constitute our self by steadfast behavior. Yet he leaves us without criteria for which steadfast behavior to choose. He ignores many important traits of authenticity earlier authors marked out, but by his insistence that we have to listen to what strikes us as consonant he does contribute to clarifying how authenticity is related to rationality.


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  • Ulrich Steinvorth
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  1. 1.University of HamburgHamburgGermany

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