Be Yourself! How Am I Not myself? II. Society and Politics: Between Essentialist and Existentialist Authenticity

Uriel Abulof*

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Abstract

Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs is mostly animalistic; only self-actualization is uniquely human. Yet even this token of “human exceptionalism” is hampered by subscribing to essentialist, rather than existentialist, authenticity. If the former is just about recovering an innate, latent, core, it robs humans of their freedom to (re)create who they are. If we dare to choose, we cannot but be ourselves.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)530-532
Number of pages3
JournalSociety
Volume54
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • Authenticity
  • Essentialism
  • Existentialism
  • Human needs
  • Maslow
  • Self-actualization

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