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The authentic self
Ehman, Robert R.
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Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1994.
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146 pages ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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Inquiries into the authentic self seem ever more prevalent in the literature surrounding personhood and personal identity. Ehman's exploration of the ever-elusive self joins the ranks of numerous recent works that attempt to look beyond the surface phenomena exhibited by the "everydayness" of das man. His treatise brings with it the opportunity to explore the multidimensionality of genuine human existence, and he devotes chapters to personal self-identity, morality, sexuality, personal love, and death. Though his inquiry holds much promise, it fails to distinguish itself adequately from its historical forerunners. For example, Ehman states, "The formulation of the 'principle of morality' that I shall defend is that we ought to treat others as ends, never as means only, and ought never to subordinate the freedom and interests of one individual to those of another." He contends that this principle serves as the "fundamental condition" of a genuine relationship with others. While this may well be true, Ehman owes his reader a fuller analysis of the Kantian underpinnings of this principle. Additionally, he does not consider past works in sufficient detail: a fuller treatment of Nietzsche's impersonalism and Sartre's double reciprocal incarnation would have enriched the discussion. On the positive side, Ehman does provide a valuable critique of Heidegger's account of death. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. H. Storl; Augustana College