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On Being Authentic

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  8 reviews
'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?
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Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 16th 2004 by Routledge (first published 2004)
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Pooya Razavian
Feb 03, 2011 Pooya Razavian is currently reading it
I'm half way through it, and it's fascinating.
Like the Momo (Antonin Artaud), this book makes you take a hard look at yourself and ask some serious questions. This author writes on existentialism and Continental philosophy, so some of that (appropriately) creeps in, but is not explicit.
Interesting discussion on the various perspectives and philosophies on the ideal of authenticity. Guignon does a good job at presenting and dissecting the different ideas of authenticity that have existed over time.
I enjoyed the conclusions of this book, but the writing was a bit arcane in nature. I'm not sure if it was the writer's style that bothered me or perhaps I was trying to read something profound too quickly.
Andrej Zhaňač
Well-written and great introduction to this topic; author makes a general survey of ideas surrounding it (authenticity, theories of self, social dimensions of A). Provides great tips for additional readings.
The book provides an interesting critique of existential nihilism, which lead me to the book I'm currently reading: The Conquest of Happiness.
Very interesting thoughts about identity and..being authentic with references to different historical times and also to well-known philosophers.
Accessible and valuable summary of the history of thinking re: everything re: authenticity re: human existence.
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