Two large, Danish discursive-archaeological studies document an absence of agency and instructions in the discourse on stress. Instead, the discourse on stress is pregnant with anti-objectives: attitudes, behaviors and actions that are to play a less dominating role. This article explores the possibility that the absence of agency and the presence of anti-objectives is an agency in itself, in the form of an existential Anruf (calling) of the conscience of the Da-sein. As the late-modern individual abides to an ever-growing set of norms, claims and expectations, it loses itself in the idle talk of the They (Heidegger 1996, S. 250). This article will demonstrate the close correlation between the yet-to-be-disclosed-place of the anti-objectives and the Authentic potentiality-of-being of Da-sein, to which the ›Anruf‹ calls the they-self back to it-self.
- Archaeology of Knowledge