Authentic life and political world


  • Klaus Held Universidad de Wuppertal



Phenomenology, political philosophy, german philosophy (twentieth century), Heidegger, Criticism and interpretation, Husserl


The political world is analyzed to show that it derives from the phenomenological characterization of human life as an “opening to the world". Considering this, the blindness of Husserl and Heidegger toward the political world is criticized, but the typical viewing of the political as “non-authentic" is also denounced. The phenomenological distinction between the authentic and the non-authentic life is set, and thus it is possible to see how the “opening to the world" occurs through a mood. In the second part, it is proved that men access the political world thanks to the conflict of opinions, which makes them aware of the plural possibilities for action in public affairs. Next, the sort of experience that men lead once they are open to thepolitical world is described and its importance for an authentic life is discussed. Finally, and still in the context of the relevance of this relation between authentic life and political world, a quick review is done of the threats of Totalitarianism today.

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Held, K. (2002). Authentic life and political world. Estudios De Filosofía, (25), 73–91.



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