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The background to this question is just that someone was trying to convince me that authenticity is a freedom to be anything we can, a fascist, a communist, whichever, as long as we have been convinced. I was quite sympathetic that it was a fair criticism, but still feel that an awareness that "each of has our own, and only own, death to die" is a meaningful freedom. Has any attempt been made to reconcile the former criticism with a belief that authenticity is real?

To relate to this end authentically means neither fleeing from it, nor covering it over. It means holding as true ‘that each of us has our own, and only our own, death to die,’ a consequence of which is that we will see ‘that each of us has our own, and only our own life to live’ (Mulhall, 1996, 118).

Just quoting from a blog there

I have glossed the above question to mean whether we can be free toward death but hold ourselves responsible to more than just our own possibilities. What would authenticity be then, if not the they self?

Could the answer have something to do with an awareness of mortality that doesn't, at least explicitly, involve knowing what death is? That's just a kind of guess

  • Perhaps you could see yourself and your life at least in part a fulfillment of the hope that someone now dead had for our world. So that they have a weak messianic claim on you. You are in part the messiah for these dead people. If we took materialism as operative, there would be no other world (heaven) so you may have the responsibility to make the world a better place to fulfill the hopes of those who are already deceased. – Gordon Jan 2 at 0:48
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    The above is not original to me. Walter Benjamin. marxists.org/reference/archive/benjamin/1940/history.htm – Gordon Jan 2 at 0:49
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    no, i thought bloch... @Gordon confusing either way – confused Jan 2 at 0:50
  • @confused. I added 'me' to 'trying to convince'. – Geoffrey Thomas Jan 2 at 9:21

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