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Authenticity

in Existentialism

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780192804280
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191775932 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780192804280.003.0004

Series: Very Short Introductions

Authenticity

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‘Authenticity’ considers how to live a ‘free’ life. Authenticity comes from owning up to our self-defining choices and transcending one's situation to make something of oneself. To deny one's condition of freedom and ongoing development is to be in bad faith. Bad faith is a flight from freedom and can manifest itself in self-deception, in conforming to an identity or through a belief in determinism. Sartre held that we are without excuse, giving authenticity a moral dimension. Existentialism aims to provide an ethical style; the only moral content that it demands is the willing of freedom for oneself and others.

Keywords: authenticity; belief; determinism; existentialism; faith; life; self-deception

Chapter.  5909 words. 

Subjects: 20th-Century Philosophy

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