In this project we set out to understand and discuss the concept of authenticity in Martin Heidegger’s influential work ‘Being and Time’ [Væren og tid], first published in 1927. In doing so, we are specifically interested in finding ground for a normative interpretation of his concept of authenticity. To qualify our discussion the point of departure will be the present conflict between transhumanists and bioconservatists. In introducing this conflict we aim to make the conceptual inquiry less abstract and more concrete. We find that the conflict between transhumanists and bioconservatists is essentially a conflict concerning human limitations. Whereas the transhumanists regard the limitations of human development as a challenge to be overcome, the bioconservatists are reluctant to challenge these limitations as they perceive them as fundamental to human sociality and morality. In reading Heidegger’s conception of authenticity we find that Heidegger would stand sceptical to bioconservatists as well as trashumanists given that either one displays convictions of what one ought to do concerning human limitations. Heidegger on the other hand rejects any such attempt at giving an answer to how one should respond to ones limitations – that is if one hopes to become authentic. In a close reading of selected parts of Being and Time and another writing, ‘The Question Concerning Technology’ [Spørgsmålet om teknikken] we find that Heidegger seemingly regards authenticity as a moral good, that ought to be obtained, and we discuss if this could lay ground for a decision regarding the conflict between transhumanists and bioconservatists. Finally we end up rejecting this normative reading on the basis of a discussion of Heidegger’s phenomenological approach.
|Uddannelser||Filosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||20 jun. 2016|