Ethical Authenticity

  • Hugh Donald ForbesEmail author
Part of the Recovering Political Philosophy book series (REPOPH)


Authenticity, a long-established and highly valued value under other names, having received a new philosophical currency and a fresh face from Martin Heidegger's ruminations on mortality, figures prominently in Charles Taylor's account of the politics of recognition. Authenticity is encouraged by recognition, he observes, and it becomes problematic whenever recognition is denied. Resolution of the resulting tensions, he himself may have shown, requires a new balance of authenticity and diplomacy: more authenticity for some, more diplomacy from others. At any rate, authenticity, despite the confusing appearances sustained by uneven applications, seems to have gained the status of a multicultural value, even when the multicultural project appears under other names, such as interculturalism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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