The ideology of modernity and the Myth of the Given

Philosophy and Social Criticism 41 (3):249-271 (2015)

Carl Sachs
Marymount University
In his most recent work, McDowell argues that the oscillation between the Myth of the Given and coherentism can be avoided only by an ‘equipoise’ between the objective and the subjective. However, I argue that Adorno’s ‘cognitive utopia’ is a genuine 4th option distinct from equipoise and from the oscillation between the Myth of the Given and coherentism. McDowell’s inability to acknowledge the cognitive utopia is traced to his overly abstract conception of the disenchantment of nature, in contrast to Adorno’s emphasis on the domination of nature. This difference is traced to their different interpretations of Hegel
Keywords McDowell  Adorno  the Myth of the Given  Hegel  disenchantment of nature
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