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Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal
     

Authenticity as an Ethical Ideal

by Somogy Varga
 

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ISBN-10: 1138809780

ISBN-13: 9781138809789

Pub. Date: 11/10/2014

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Authenticity has become a widespread ethical ideal that represents a way of dealing with normative gaps in contemporary life. This ideal suggests that one should be true to oneself and lead a life expressive of what one takes oneself to be. However, many contemporary thinkers have pointed out that the ideal of authenticity has increasingly turned into a kind of

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Authenticity has become a widespread ethical ideal that represents a way of dealing with normative gaps in contemporary life. This ideal suggests that one should be true to oneself and lead a life expressive of what one takes oneself to be. However, many contemporary thinkers have pointed out that the ideal of authenticity has increasingly turned into a kind of aestheticism and egoistic self-indulgence. In his book, Varga systematically constructs a critical concept of authenticity that takes into account the reciprocal shaping of capitalism and the ideal of authenticity. Drawing on different traditions in critical social theory, moral philosophy and phenomenology, Varga builds a concept of authenticity that can make intelligible various problematic and potentially exhausting practices of the self.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781138809789
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/10/2014
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

I. Authenticity: Historical Sources and Theoretical Underpinnings 1. The Sources of Authenticity 2. Authenticity, Social Philosophy and Social Pathologies 3. The Inevitability Thesis II. Towards a Formal Concept of Authenticity 4. Models of Authenticity 5. Authenticity as Authentication and Responsiveness III. The Paradox of Authenticity 6. The Paradox of Authenticity

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