Chapter

Being Oneself and Being Like Another

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226468549.003.0006
Being Oneself and Being Like Another

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This chapter analyzes the possibility of the being oneself and being like another at the same time and examines the respective roles that the two types of reflection should play in our life as a whole. It discusses Jean de La Bruyère's opinion in his Les caractères that we are ourselves when we no longer look at ourselves through the eyes of another and no longer take our bearings from concrete or ideal models. This chapter also defines authenticity as our ability to be fully ourselves and to become one with the fundamental nature of our being instead of dividing ourselves in two to see ourselves from the point of view of another.

Keywords: oneself; reflection; Jean de La Bruyère; Les caractères; authenticity

Chapter.  15228 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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