Authenticity: Nietzsche's Antidote to Fear

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2023
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Aiken, Austin
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Nietzsche suggests that morality is not a science where there is a discernable answer that is universal and consistent across time. Instead, he suggests that man must contribute his own creative conscience to live rightly. While Nietzsche does not actually use the word authenticity, his writings serve to support this ideal. He does this by contrasting a type of docile, weak person, a bound spirit, who lives an inauthentic existence, to his free spirit, who lives authentically, breaking away from the conventions of his culture and artfully defining values for himself in the process of self-becoming. This process requires an undying commitment to honesty with oneself, although it does not necessarily mean being sincere with others. This ideal offers salvation from the ills of a weak and dying culture, dominated by fear.

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philosophy, Nietzsche, Authenticity
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