On Being Authentic / Edition 1

On Being Authentic / Edition 1

by Charles Guignon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415261236

ISBN-13: 9780415261234

Pub. Date: 08/01/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

'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

…  See more details below

Overview

'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.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415261234
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Thinking in Action Series
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
680,235
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >