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Recent discussions of self-realization have devolved into unscientific theories of self-help. However, this vague and often misused concept is connected to many important individual and social problems. As long as its meaning remains unclear, it can be abused for social, political, and commercial malpractices. To combat this issue, this book shares perspectives from scholars of various philosophical traditions. Each chapter takes new steps in asking what the meaning of self-realization is-both in terms of what it means to understand who or what one is, and also in terms of how one can, or should, fulfilll oneself. The conceptual elucidations achieved from both theoretical and practical perspectives allow for a more mature awareness of how to deal with discourses on self-realization and, in any case, can help to demystify the subject.
Andrea Altobrando is Professor of Western Philosophy at China University of Political Science and Law.
Takuya Niikawa is a post-doc JSPS Research Fellow at Institute Jean Nicaud, France.
Richard Stone is a PhD-candidate at Hokkaido University, Japan.
Release date Australia
September 22nd, 2018
Edited by Andrea Altobrando
Edited by Richard Stone
Edited by Takuya Niikawa
Country of Publication
1st ed. 2018
2 Illustrations, black and white; IX, 292 p. 2 illus.
Springer International Publishing AG
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