J Value Inquiry (2017) 51:475–489 DOI 10.1007/s10790-017-9589-6 Authenticity, Self-fulﬁllment, and Self-acknowledgment 1,2 Michael Rings Published online: 21 March 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017 ‘‘Knowing what you’ve got, comma,’’ said the living human voice in the playback of the Dictaphone, ‘‘knowing what you need, comma, knowing what you can do without, dash. That’s inventory control.’’ - Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road The philosophical literature on personal authenticity is (as many philosophical literatures admittedly are) deeply fraught and riddled with controversy. This may be in part due to how often talk of authenticity is bound up, and at times confused, with other similar concepts (e.g., sincerity and, most prominently, autonomy); it is also most likely due to the variety of senses in which the concept of authenticity is conceived, and to the variety of theoretical goals and agendas its various conceptions are devised to serve. As is often the case in analytic philosophy, navigating the authenticity literature involves making careful distinctions between these various senses. However, sometimes an act of synthesis, of integrating multiple senses together into a single account, is an effective way of ﬁlling out a conceptual picture that may remain otherwise incomplete or impoverished in some way. In
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