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Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 38, 2013

Xunwu Chen
Pages 261-274
DOI: 10.5840/jpr20133813

Happiness and Authenticity
Confucianism and Heidegger

Engaging in present debates on happiness, this essay shows that a good, happy life and an authentic life entail one another. Doing so, the essay first explores the Confucian approach to the relationships between happiness and authenticity, and between authenticity and value. It then presents the Heideggeran approach. Therefore, it demonstrates how authenticity, happiness, and value are inseparable in a person’s being; the so called fact-value dichotomy, even if it is applicable to non-human beings, has no magic touch in human existence.

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