Authenticity

[New Entry by Charles Guignon and Somogy Varga on September 11, 2014.] The term 'authentic' is used either in the strong sense of being "of undisputed origin or authorship", or in a weaker sense of
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[New Entry by Charles Guignon and Somogy Varga on September 11, 2014.] The term 'authentic' is used either in the strong sense of being "of undisputed origin or authorship", or in a weaker sense of being "faithful to an original" or a "reliable, accurate representation". To say that something is authentic is to say that it is what it professes to be, or what it is reputed to be, in origin or authorship. But the distinction between authentic and derivative is more complicated when discussing authenticity as a characteristic attributed to human beings. For in...

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