On Being Authentic / Edition 1

On Being Authentic / Edition 1

by Charles Guignon
     
 

Guignon (philosophy, U. of South Florida) states his intention is not to "sing the praises of authenticity" but instead to question "some of the unstated assumptions that surround it and prop it up." He closely examines the philosophy of self-improvement, from the self-help gurus of today back to St. Augustine and Socrates. He finds that authenticity comes from two… See more details below

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Guignon (philosophy, U. of South Florida) states his intention is not to "sing the praises of authenticity" but instead to question "some of the unstated assumptions that surround it and prop it up." He closely examines the philosophy of self-improvement, from the self-help gurus of today back to St. Augustine and Socrates. He finds that authenticity comes from two actions: pulling back from "entanglements in social game-playing" and turning inward to find the true self, so one may react spontaneously to events from that sure knowledge; and to continue to live informed by that knowledge. Guignon's notes serve as his bibliography. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415261227
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Thinking in Action Series
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

1The culture of authenticity1
2The enchanted garden12
3The modern worldview26
4Romanticism and the ideal of Authenticity49
5The heart of darkness78
6De-centering the subject107
7Story-shaped selves126
8Authenticity in context146

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