Authentism is a concept related to naturalness, sincerity, and directness, but it is not identical with any of them. Authentism is not simply a spontaneous expression of one’s own nature. It is based on inhibition, i.e. the tendency to stop and withdraw into your own interior, which creates a space of reflection. Authentism carries an element of empathy. Its foundation is intentional sincerity, not impulsive, as in the case of naturalness.
The subject and the object of philosophy is the man of flesh and bone. What is philosophy? Philosophy is an anthropocentric description of the order of the world. In Unamuno’s opinion, philosophy is closer to poetry than to science. It is based on experiences and feelings. These contents can be expressed directly or symbolically by aesthetic codes of art. They allow overcoming the restrictions imposed on man. The philosophy in this meaning leads to the structuring of reality.
A man according to Unamuno is someone specific because of the principle of unity and continuity. The first – unity – refers to man in relation to space, the second- continuity – in relation to time. Unity is a realization one’s corporality and thanks to one’s actions. Continuity provides one with an awareness of one’s own experiences and history. Continuity is based on one’s memory, which not only defines one but also influences one’s future.