Re: das Man--Husserl/authenti...

Frederik van Gelder refers (6/10/95) to the fact that "'theoretical
authenticity' is not only central to Adorno's Husserl-critique of the
fourties (_Zur Metakritik der Erkenntnistheorie_), but that the putative
_lack_ of authenticity in 'idealism' is what moves theorists from Hegel
to Horkheimer to posit that it should be 'dialectically superceded' in
order to 'rescue' and 'sublate' it."

I'm not familiar with Adorno's critique. Can someone elaborate?
Was he using "authenticity" in the phenomenological sense
introduced by Husserl and developed further by Heidegger, or in
some other sense?

For Husserl, the
authentic/inauthentic disjunction is not designed to be
used in the critique of philosophical systems, but is intended
rather as a way of characterizing two possibilities inherent any
act of thinking, even on the most mundane of topics. Heideg-
ger also understands the disjunction as something that applies
to everyday existence, though he of course is trying to
get down below theoretical life to a deeper stratum of
existence, and to show that the same disjunction is oper-
ative here as well.

Phil Miller




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