Bob Clarke Varieties of Authenticity

NEXT MEETING ON-LINE VIA ZOOM at 7:30pm on 19th July 2022

This is the second Ray Billington memorial lecture. He held the French Existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in high esteem. Why was this? Sartre was a philosopher who promoted the priority of 'authenticity' in one's life (or, rather, he inveighed against 'Inauthenticity'), and so I suggest that Ray, very much an authentic philosopher himself, admired Sartre as a man whose own life could be seen as having been lived in an authentic way. But authenticity'- arguably, living one's own life in accordance with one's own principles - is a many-sided and highly contentious philosophical subject. Arguably, it can lead to morally compromised, even reprehensible, actions! The talk will therefore look at varieties of authenticity, largely as exemplified by three Twentieth-Century philosophers: Jean-Paul Sartre, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Ray Billington himself.

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