• Ulrich Steinvorth


Our three authors share the idea that rationality or what Hegel the sociologist and Heidegger consider its core, authenticity, is unconditionally obliging because rejecting it entails losing what makes us specifically human, our ability to distinguish between valid and invalid. The problem in their shared view is that what they rely on is a (“transcendental”) justification that may again be rejected by claiming we prefer irrationality or inauthenticity. So we need a metaphysical argument showing it is more meaningful to be rational or authentic rather than not.

Steinvorth proposes a metaphysical argument, based on immanent teleology, and backs it by explicating the difference between moral and metaphysical norms, by investigating into the relation between authenticity and action-immanent rationality criteria, and by criticizing the idea that pleasure and power can oblige more than authenticity can. The authenticity thus declared to be absolute proves to be similar to what Max Weber implied about being authentic in value spheres rather than to Heidegger’s authenticity.


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