Paul Sartre, Jean discussed on Philosophy Bites

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Automatic TRANSCRIPT

So she didn't get married herself, was she saying, in her choices, that this is authentic for her not to get married then. Yeah, it was authentic for her. And what I particularly admire about the choices that she did make was that there was a huge amount of pressure for her to get married and settle down, but she pushed back against that. And even before she met her lifelong partner, Jean-Paul Sartre, she decided that she was going to question all the expectations placed on her. And she chose otherwise and she thought that those choices to choose not marriage, for example, or to make choices other than what's expected of us, is a core part of authenticity. Where do you think this authenticity comes from? It's not as if her choice to be single in her particular way came from nowhere. Yeah, and so this is what makes bourbon's idea of authenticity a little bit different. Is that there isn't some kind of jewel at the heart of our being, some kind of blueprint that we just need to dig deep and uncover, rather bois understanding is a much more existential view in that we don't just have freedom that we are freedom. And where the sum of our actions certainly, so we are what we do, but we're also our intentions and goals. And so what that also means is that we are free and at the core of our being is free will and we should be able to have the options to choose against what's expected of us. That's really interesting what you said in that answer that it's not as if you look within yourself and find a blueprint, because often when people talk about authenticity, they describe this as being true to yourself, as if introspection will reveal what yourself really, really believes as if there's a little book in there somewhere that has the ideal story of your life and then you read from that book and then apply it to the world.

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