Authenticity has become a widespread ethical ideal that represents a way of dealing with normative gaps in contemporary life. This ideal suggests that one should be true to oneself and lead a life expressive of what one takes oneself to be. However, many contemporary thinkers have pointed out that the ideal of authenticity has increasingly turned into a kind of aestheticism and egoistic self-indulgence. In his book, Varga systematically constructs a critical concept of authenticity that takes into account the reciprocal shaping of capitalism and the ideal of authenticity. Drawing on different traditions in critical social theory, moral philosophy and phenomenology, Varga builds a concept of authenticity that can make intelligible various problematic and potentially exhausting practices of the self.

chapter |10 pages


part |2 pages

Part I: The Sources of Authenticity

chapter 1|21 pages

The Sources of Authenticity

part |2 pages

Part II: Towards a ‘Formal’Concept of Authenticity

chapter 3|24 pages

Models of Authenticity

chapter 4|21 pages

The Embedded Practice of Authenticity

chapter 5|19 pages

Existential Choices

part |2 pages

Part III: The Paradox of Authenticity

chapter 6|31 pages

The Paradox of Authenticity

chapter 7|5 pages

Concluding Remarks