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Authenticity, Reality and Being

In a transient world, we’re in love with the real. ‘Real’ experience, finding our ‘real’ self, even Coca Cola was in on the act with its slogan ‘the real thing’. Is the pursuit of the authentically real an insidious and empty fantasy? Or was Heidegger right to see authenticity as a way to approach our essential being?

In this week’s post from the Institute of Art and Ideas, postmodern sociologist Steve Fuller, New College of the Humanities philosopher Naomi Goulder and novelist Janne Teller interrogate the real.

This video was produced by The Institute of Art and Ideas and is republished here with permission.  It was filmed at HowTheLightGetsIn 2015 alongside 200 other debates and talks, all available for free at IAI TV. Their new podcast, Philosophy for our times, is available here.

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