CMN 3105: Lecture #3 Sept 17 2013
How do you define authenticity and what is its criteria?
Existentialists must take a risk must not be scared of their own shadow.
Kierkegaard everyone is in the same routine, programmed to appeal to the masses. Read the same
materials, think the same way
Kierkgaard saw the media and the church as intervening agencies that promoted conventional thinking.
Rigid social institutions shaping our opinions
Church and media suffocate individual authenticity.
The church and media may tell you that you are original, authentic clever, when in fact what Kierkgaard is
getting at is that you are thinking like everyone else
Kierkgaard look for truth from within yourself first do not let the masses tell you how or what to decide.
Nietzsche you will not achieve authentic morality from believing in a higher power or deity this was
meaningless to him
An authentic life would not lead one closer to God, ultimate reality or any concept of absolute truth.
Conventional reality ubermensch over man the person who goes way beyond.
Active engagement by the individual is paramount in the face of society.
Heidegger coined the word Dasein human experience of existence this experience is always inauthentic
the individual leads a life trying to build his own experiences but there is always the social setting what you
are to do. “ They self
Don’t get lost in what the community says but what is natural for you. Bring your self back from lostness in
The process of authenticity requires listening to one’s inner voice
no absolute answers an individual who strives for authenticity faces no concept of God, no absolute values
and no easy answers
John Calhoun Merrill built on the concept of authentic