Is there a hermeneutics of suspicion in being and time?

Hubert Dreyfus has claimed that Heidegger's phenomenological method involves a “hermeneutics of suspicion”. This is an intriguing suggestion, and if it were correct it would indicate that the standard interpretations overlook a significant aspect of the methodology of Being and Time. But is there really a hermeneutics of suspicion in Being and Time? Leslie MacAvoy has offered the most sustained challenge to Dreyfus on this point, arguing that his “hermeneutics of suspicion thesis” misconstrues both the overarching project and the methodological structure of Heidegger's magnum opus. In this essay, after examining Dreyfus's “hermeneutics of suspicion thesis” and MacAvoy's objections to it, I argue that the criticisms offered by MacAvoy, despite correcting some misunderstandings in Dreyfus's reading, are not fatal to the general thesis that a hermeneutics of suspicion is operative in Being and Time. Indeed, I contend that Dreyfus's basic intuition is correct and that it does identify a significant and often overlooked aspect of Heidegger's phenomenological method. In the body of the essay, Dreyfus's intuition is developed into a more detailed and rigorous analysis of the “suspicious” dimension of Being and Time.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/00201740701859033
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,349
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Socrates Between Jeremiah and Descartes.Merold Westphal - 1988 - Philosophy and Theology 2 (3):199-219.
Hermeneutics of Suspicion.Linda Fisher - 1992 - Philosophy and Literature 16 (1):106-114.
Authenticity in Heidegger: A Response to Dreyfus.Elizabeth Ewing - 1995 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 38 (4):469 – 487.
Heidegger la Wittgenstein or 'Coping' with Professor Dreyfus.Frederick A. Olafson - 1994 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 37 (1):45 – 64.
Overturning Cartesianism and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion: Rethinking Dreyfus on Heidegger.Leslie MacAvoy - 2001 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 44 (4):455 – 480.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
61 ( #88,543 of 2,193,296 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #290,646 of 2,193,296 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature