Society

, Volume 54, Issue 6, pp 530–532 | Cite as

Be Yourself! How Am I Not myself?

II. Society and Politics: Between Essentialist and Existentialist Authenticity
Symposium: Revisiting Maslow: Human Needs in the 21st Century
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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.

Keywords

Maslow Human needs Self-actualization Authenticity Essentialism Existentialism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International AffairsPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

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