Angst as Evidence: Shifting Phenomenology’s Measure

  • Christos Hadjioannou
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Phenomenology is a method that aims to ground its findings in evidence, so as to counter metaphysics. This chapter argues that an important aspect of Being and Time is to radicalize the basic concept of evidence that is operative in Husserlian phenomenology, conceived in terms of apodictic certainty, which commits Husserl to mentalist evidentialism. Heidegger overcomes mentalist evidentialism and relaunches phenomenology on the basis of a different “epistemic” measure, which turns phenomenology into a hermeneutics of facticity. The chapter analyzes the fundamental mood of angst in terms of evidence, so as to better illustrate the methodological role it plays in Being and Time. Angst serves as the hermeneutic equivalent to what analytic epistemologists call “justifier of knowledge”, that is, it takes on the function of evidence that phenomenologically grounds the interpretation of the basic structures of Dasein, as these are disclosed in authentic existence.


Angst Anxiety Phenomenology Evidentialism Justification Evidence 



Work on this chapter was part of the research activities in the context of my Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College Dublin, under the mentorship of Professor Dermot Moran. I would like to thank Lukas Makovicky and an anonymous reviewer for helpful comments on past versions of this chapter. I would also to thank Bence Marosan for recommending key literature on Husserl’s notion of evidence, during a conversation we had in Warsaw in 2017.


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  • Christos Hadjioannou
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  1. 1.Sofia UniversitySofiaBulgaria

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