International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Concept of Authenticity in the Politico-Philosophical Discourse of Modernity
Nikolaos Tsiros

This study explores the notion of authenticity in the ancient-greek philosophical discourse. In this discourse, the postulate of an authentic life is inextricably linked with the teleology of happy life and, hence, the teleology of the autarkic polis. In the discourse of modernity, it is observed that the notion of authenticity is disentangled from the collective claim for autarkic polis. The notions is depoliticized profoundly, since the desideratum is no longer the proactive involvement of the citizen in the public affairs. So, authenticity is, basically, placed in the custody of a lonely life, which cannot provide a clear answer to the question concerning the existence of meaning in life.

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