On Being Authentic

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Всего страниц: 185
'To thine own self be true.' From Polonius's words in Hamlet right up to Oprah, we are constantly urged to look within. Why is being authentic the ultimate aim in life for so many people, and why does it mean looking inside rather than out? Is it about finding the 'real' me, or something greater than me, even God? And should we welcome what we find?

Thought-provoking and with an astonishing range of references, On Being Authentic is a gripping journey into the self that begins with Socrates and Augustine. Charles Guignon asks why being authentic ceased to mean being part of some bigger, cosmic picture and with Rousseau, Wordsworth and the Romantic movement, took the strong inward turn alive in today's self-help culture.

He also plumbs the darker depths of authenticity, with the help of Freud, Joseph Conrad and Alice Miller and reflects on the future of being authentic in a postmodern, global age. He argues ultimately that if we are to rescue the ideal of being authentic, we have to see ourselves as fundamentally social creatures, embedded in relationships and communities, and that being authentic is not about what is owed to me but how I depend on others.
 

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I'm not opposed to an intelligent argument against the concept of authenticity, but Guignon stacks the deck so blatantly that he ends up undermining himself. Right off the bat he defines authenticity ... Читать весь отзыв

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I'm not opposed to an intelligent argument against the concept of authenticity, but Guignon stacks the deck so blatantly that he ends up undermining himself. Right off the bat, he defines authenticity ... Читать весь отзыв

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The Culture of Authenticity
1635
The Enchanted Garden
1657
The Modern Worldview
1685
Romanticism and the Ideal of Authenticity
1731
The Heart of Darkness
1789
Decentering the Subject
1847
StoryShaped Selves
1885
Authenticity in Context
1925
Notes
1971
Index
3
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Charles Guignon teaches philosophy at the University of South Florida. He is the author of Heidegger and the Problem of Knowledge and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger.

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