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On a judgment of one’s own: Heideggerian authenticity, standpoints, and all things considered

On a judgment of one’s own: Heideggerian authenticity, standpoints, and all things considered
On a judgment of one’s own: Heideggerian authenticity, standpoints, and all things considered
This paper explores two models using which we might understand Heidegger’s notion of ‘Eigentlichkeit’. Although typically translated as ‘authenticity’, a more literal construal of this term would be ‘ownness’ or ‘ownedness’; and in addition to the article's exegetical value, it also develops two interestingly different understandings of what it is to have a judgment of one’s own.

The first model understands Heideggerian authenticity as the owning of what I call a ‘standpoint’. Although this model provides an understanding of a number of key features of authenticity, it also invites an important objection—which I call ‘the closure objection’—that can be found in, for example, the work of Steven Galt Crowell and Tony Fisher. Although I argue that this objection can be met, the response for which it calls reveals that the feat of authenticity as understood through the standpoint model rests upon a further feat, and one which may itself have a stronger claim to be identified with Heideggerian authenticity. I develop this thought, introducing what I call the ‘All-things-considered judgment model’ of authenticity, the basis of which lies in, among other sources, Heidegger’s appropriation of themes from Aristotle’s discussion of phronesis. I explain the exegetical benefits of adopting this model and consider some objections that it invites, before closing with a discussion of how the two models understand the notion of ‘a judgment of one’s own’.
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Mcmanus, Denis
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Mcmanus, Denis
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Mcmanus, Denis (2018) On a judgment of one’s own: Heideggerian authenticity, standpoints, and all things considered. Mind. (doi:10.1093/mind/fzx045).

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This paper explores two models using which we might understand Heidegger’s notion of ‘Eigentlichkeit’. Although typically translated as ‘authenticity’, a more literal construal of this term would be ‘ownness’ or ‘ownedness’; and in addition to the article's exegetical value, it also develops two interestingly different understandings of what it is to have a judgment of one’s own.

The first model understands Heideggerian authenticity as the owning of what I call a ‘standpoint’. Although this model provides an understanding of a number of key features of authenticity, it also invites an important objection—which I call ‘the closure objection’—that can be found in, for example, the work of Steven Galt Crowell and Tony Fisher. Although I argue that this objection can be met, the response for which it calls reveals that the feat of authenticity as understood through the standpoint model rests upon a further feat, and one which may itself have a stronger claim to be identified with Heideggerian authenticity. I develop this thought, introducing what I call the ‘All-things-considered judgment model’ of authenticity, the basis of which lies in, among other sources, Heidegger’s appropriation of themes from Aristotle’s discussion of phronesis. I explain the exegetical benefits of adopting this model and consider some objections that it invites, before closing with a discussion of how the two models understand the notion of ‘a judgment of one’s own’.

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Accepted/In Press date: 22 November 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 14 February 2018
Published date: 14 February 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 416047
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416047
ISSN: 0026-4423
PURE UUID: 21afc26d-fbce-4e60-b5f4-d91d03c929c5

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Date deposited: 30 Nov 2017 17:30
Last modified: 22 Mar 2018 17:31

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Author: Denis Mcmanus

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