Alcoholism, Authenticity, Alcoholics Anonymous
This thesis examines the possibilities of living an authentic life for an alcoholic, both in and out of Alcoholics Anonymous. Authenticity is explored using the existential models put forth by Jean-Paul Sartre and Soren Kierkegaard. Alcoholics Anonymous figures prominently in this analysis. It is suggested that A.A. acts inauthentically in its claims that it is not a religious organization. A.A. creates special problems for female alcoholics because of the sexist and masculinist nature of its primary literature. While A.A. claims that its message is the only way by which an alcoholic can recover, other treatment methods exist. Suggestions are made that A.A. revise its main texts, and two alternative organizations to A.A. are briefly discussed.
Master of Arts (M.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Office of Liberal and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Madden, Patricia, "Alcoholism, A.A., And The Challenge Of Authenticity" (2005). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 351.