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Subject/Keyword
Reification
Objectification
Marx
Honneth
Agency
Ontology
Dasein
Being and Time
Lukacs
Heidegger
Critical Theory
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Morris, Connor B
Supervisor and department
Nichols, Robert (Philosophy)
Examining committee member and department
Nichols, Robert (Philosophy)
Morin, Marie-Eve (Philosophy)
Heyes, Cressida (Political Science)
Department
Department of Philosophy
Specialization

Date accepted
2014-07-07T10:09:23Z
Graduation date
2014-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis explores the potential for interpreting the work of Martin Heidegger as a resource for social and critical philosophy. I begin by intervening in the debate between Axel Honneth and Raymond Geuss on the usefulness of Heidegger in the recent re-activation of the problem of ‘reification.’ According to Honneth’s reading Being and Time critiques the epistemological model of subjectivity at the root of reification and provides a positive account of a more primordial way of being. I am skeptical of whether or not Being and Time should be understood this way, but nevertheless affirm that the anthropological implications of Heidegger’s ontology can benefit social and critical philosophy. I argue that Heidegger’s description of the way in which the world is first disclosed through pre-reflective practical activity implies how it can be that a human agent is both limited by its worldly conditions and yet still able to modify them.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3K39K
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