How to Be Authentic: Simone de Beauvoir and the Quest for Fulfillment

by Skye Cleary

(St Martin's Press, 2022)

For existential philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, authenticity is not the revelation of a true self, but an exhilarating quest towards fulfillment. Her view, central to existentialism, is that we exist first and then spend the rest of our lives creating—not discovering—who we are.
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