The paper brings an outline of modern discourse on authenticity, including the existentialist, pragmatist and postmodern approaches as well as its conservative critics. It subscribes to the concepts that still regard this ideal as legitimate leaning on the context of understanding the concept of originality. The specific feature of contemporary humanism is seen in the efforts to give integrity back to humans and meaningful content to human life. This is chiefly illustrated within the context of other approaches by examples of the concepts from the domain of humanistic psychology (Rogers, Maslow) and of the ethics of authenticity (Taylor); these regard the authentic expression of human nature as psychological need and ethical challenge.
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