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E.g. there was a recent question here on what it means to "be yourself", which is a buzzword in many self-help books and in some popular-culture contexts (and slightly more seriously in some organizational culture/psychology contexts.)

Are such questions on-topic here as-is? What is the philosophy SE answer to a question like this? E.g. enumerate over (all) possible philosophical takes on the matter?

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I'd say questions like that would be okay if they are tightly scoped to one particular philsophical school: "What does it mean in existentialism to "be yourself"?" "What would Nietzsche say it meant to "be yourself"?"

If it's not scoped like that, then such a question is just an open-ended invitation to pontificate on whatever you want. Close that down immediately.

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  • Agree. Philosophy of person/self and writings on authenticity are too vast a field to cover if asked about without a specific scope.
    – Philip Klöcking Mod
    Mar 16 at 9:27

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