Authentic Living in Existential Philosophy: A Hermeneutic Identification of Oscar Wilde’s Position

Linus Akudolu

Affiliation: Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies,Alex Ekwueme Federal University. Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

Keywords: Existentialism, Oscar Wilde, socialism, authentic living, authentic existence, self-actualization

Categories: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law, Life Sciences

DOI: 10.17160/josha.9.6.861

Languages: English

One of the major concerns of existentialists is the question of authentic existence. Oscar Wilde, a famous Irish poet and playwright, whose literary works contain lots of philosophical nuances, also battled with the concept of authentic living. The paper is therefore an attempt to identify his concept of authentic existence or living in comparison with other existential philosophers. The work is qualitative research sourcing its data from various library materials with application of and hermeneutics and comparison. The finding of this work is that authentic living, for Oscar Wilde, means self-actualization, which is more comprehensive than the position of many existential philosophers. Linus Akudolu:

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