On Being Authentic
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On Being Authentic

Charles Guignon

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'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.

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Achebe, Chinua 22
alienation 48, 143
anthropocentrism 32
Arendt, Hannah 34
Ariès, Philippe 834
Aristotle 912, 1756n8
art: and creation of the self 69
artist: and authenticity 746; concept of 701; and self-expression 70
Artaud, Antonin 105
authentic self 2, 1523
authenticity viii, 3, 7, 55, 5960, 69; culture of 8, 50, 65; defined 6, 59, 81, 146; ethics of 149; and expression 6, 8, 10, 12, 147, 161; historical account of xiii; and modernity 34, 15, 81, 107, 159; narrativist view of 1401; problems with 910, 1478; and the religious tradition xxii; social context of 155, 161, 163; value of 147, 15960
autonomy 14950
Bacon, Francis 33
Bakhtin, Mikhail 1201
Barfield, Owen 17
Bataille, Georges 105
Beauvoir, Simone de 45, 151
belongingness 7, 23
Berger, Peter 172n20
Bible 7, 15, 23, 54, 74; see also biblical time
binary oppositions 802, 96, 126; valorized 81
Bruner, Jerome 142, 151; on pacte autobiographique 142
Calhoun, Cheshire 153, 1556, 160
Carnegie, Dale vii
Cavell, Stanley viiiix
childhood 834, 87, 88, 912, 175n3; Miller on 8790; Rilke on 734; Rousseau on 57; Tolstoy on 84
Chopra, Deepak 5
Christ 7, 95
Christianity 14, 23, 30, 95; Jung on 94; and soteriology 15; and time 24, 60
civilization 1023
Coles, Robert 93
Conrad, Joseph: The Heart of Darkness 104
contemptus mundi 30
contingency 116, 143

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Citation styles for On Being Authentic
APA 6 Citation
Guignon, C. (2004). On Being Authentic (1st ed.). Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/1615231/on-being-authentic-pdf (Original work published 2004)
Chicago Citation
Guignon, Charles. (2004) 2004. On Being Authentic. 1st ed. Taylor and Francis. https://www.perlego.com/book/1615231/on-being-authentic-pdf.
Harvard Citation
Guignon, C. (2004) On Being Authentic. 1st edn. Taylor and Francis. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/1615231/on-being-authentic-pdf (Accessed: 14 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Guignon, Charles. On Being Authentic. 1st ed. Taylor and Francis, 2004. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.