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The Cultural Values of Europe$
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Hans Joas and Klaus Wiegandt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846311383

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315800

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Inner Nature and Social Normativity: The Idea of Self-Realization

Inner Nature and Social Normativity: The Idea of Self-Realization

(p.217) 9 Inner Nature and Social Normativity: The Idea of Self-Realization
The Cultural Values of Europe

Christoph Menke

Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the understanding of self-realization. It defines self-realization in two steps. The first step involves the fundamentals of a correct understanding of self-realization, beginning with a critique of the ego-model of the inner core. The ideal of self-realization or authenticity sees the action and life of a subject as the expression or realization of its own inner nature. The second step elaborates this further by outlining a two-stage model of self-realization. The chapter concludes with the joys and horrors of the ideal of authenticity or self-realization.

Keywords:   self-realization, ego-model, inner core, authenticity, inner nature

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