Sincerity and Authenticity

in The Practices of the Self

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226468877
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226468549 | DOI:
Sincerity and Authenticity

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This chapter examines the concepts of authenticity and sincerity in relation to the theory of the self. It analyzes Paul Valéry's Lucien Leuwen, his belief that the concern with being natural was the result of a double illusion and his criticism on the notion of authenticity. It discusses Jean-Paul Sartre's critique of sincerity in his Being in Nothingness. It also argues that any attempt to make ourselves coincide with our “true self” is destined to fail because our desire to see ourselves arrive at this goal requires reflecting on our progress and maintaining the very division between subject and object that we were supposedly trying to overcome.

Keywords: authenticity; sincerity; self; Paul Valéry; Lucien Leuwen; Jean-Paul Sartre; Being in Nothingness; true self

Chapter.  14324 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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