By Somogy Varga

Authenticity has develop into a frequent moral excellent that represents a manner of facing normative gaps in modern lifestyles. This excellent means that one can be real to oneself and lead a lifestyles expressive of what one takes oneself to be. notwithstanding, many modern thinkers have mentioned that the perfect of authenticity has more and more become one of those aestheticism and egoistic self-indulgence. In his e-book, Varga systematically constructs a serious suggestion of authenticity that takes under consideration the reciprocal shaping of capitalism and the suitable of authenticity. Drawing on varied traditions in severe social idea, ethical philosophy and phenomenology, Varga builds an idea of authenticity which may make intelligible a number of difficult and almost certainly laborious practices of the self.

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From such a view, it is insufficient to invoke the notion of (in)justice without attempting to highlight the distortive social pathologies that might have led there in the fi rst place. 2 THE NORMATIVE FOUNDATION OF CRITICAL SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY Criticizing pathologies of self-relations and of social life only makes sense in light of specific assumptions about what a ‘full’ and ‘non-distorted’ condition amounts to. In other words, in order to substantiate this critical, social–philosophical approach, it is necessary to rely on a theoretical framework that makes social pathologies and successful forms of social life intelligible.

In this sense, authenticity simply requires maintaining bonds to collective questions of worth that point beyond one’s own preferences. Without regard (a) to the demands of our ties with others, or to (b) to demands of any kind emanating from something more or other than human desires or aspirations are self-defeating, that they destroy the conditions for realizing authenticity itself (Taylor 1991: 35). Thus, not only do we need the recognition of concrete others in order to form our identity, but we must also (critically) engage with a common vocabulary of shared value orientations.

However, it is not merely the case that our undertaking benefits from recent work in critical social theory. Contemporary critical social theory would also benefit from a detailed concept of authenticity to sharpen its theoretical gaze and further its aims. ). Authenticity and Critical Social Philosophy 35 1 CRITICAL SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY AS GESELLSCHAFTSKRITIK The emergence of social philosophy is connected to the work of Thomas Hobbes, who, motivated by the social and political disintegration of his time, sought to discover rational principles for the construction of social and political stability.

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