Sincerity and authenticity
"Now and then," writes Lionel Triling "it is possible to observe the moral life in process of revising itself." In this new book he is concerned with such a mutation: the process by which the arduous enterprise of sincerity, of being true to one's self, came to occupy a place of supreme importance in the moral life--and the further shift which finds that place now usurped by the darker and still more strenuous modern ideal of authenticity. Instances range over the whole of Western literature and thought, from Shakespeare to Hegel to Sartre, from Robespierre to R.D. Laing, suggesting the contradictions and ironies to which the ideals of sincerity and authenticity give rise, most especially in contemporary life. Lucid, and brilliantly framed, its view of cultural history will give Sincerity and Authenticity an important place among the works of this distinguished critic.
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When he's on the topic of literature in relation to sincerity and authenticity, Trilling's insights are pretty enthralling. The Jane Austen stuff, in particular, is lit-crit at its best. However, I ...
Review: Sincerity and AuthenticityUser Review - Rob Short - Goodreads
Worth the time it took to read. Makes a convincing case that the rise of "sincerity" is concomitant with the rise of democratic society in Europe. Presents Trilling's case (with plenty of Literary ... Read full review
Its Origin and Rise i
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The Sentiment of Being and the Sentiments
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