Sacha Golob

Philosopher, King’s College London

Being authentic: what is authenticity and what’s so good about it?

Donald Trump and Maddona; Immanuel Kant and Jean-Paul Sartre. The thread that connects them all is authenticity. It is both an iconic modern norm and a quality that was widely discussed by philosophers in the late 19th and early 20th century. But what really is the difference between the authentic and the fake?