Richard Peters and Valuing Authenticity


Correspondence: M. A. B. Degenhardt, 12 Park Rise, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7HZ, UK.


Richard Peters has been praised for the authenticity of his philosophy, and inquiry into aspects of the development of his philosophy reveals a profound authenticity. Yet authenticity is something he seems not to favour. The apparent paradox is resolved by observing historical changes in the understanding of authenticity as an important value. Possibilities are noted for further explorations as to how to understand and value it as an educational ideal.