“A Gathering of Fugitives” () and “Beyond Culture” (), Lionel Trilling has seen . “Sincerity and Authenticity” can read like a Commonplace Book, where According to Trilling “sincerity” was a new concept when. Lionel Trilling, Sincerity and Authenticity, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, Chapter 1. Sincerity: Its Origin and Rise. 用以比較的中文翻譯:. Lionel Trilling, Sincerity and Authenticity, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, Chapter 4. The Heroic, the Beautiful, the Authentic. 用以比較的中文 .

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And Hans Jonas, in his study of the Gnostic religion, comments on the theatrical element in the ethical system of the Stoics. He uses it as if with the consciouness that it makes the name of God. And at that height his pounds do not, at his age, make him overweight. To emphasize the intractable material necessity of common life and what this implies of life’s wonderlessness is to make all the more wonderful such moments of tranascendence as may now and then occur.

Sincerity and Authenticity

Yet sometimes it is just our experience of literature that leads us to resist the idea of moral mutation, to question whether the observed shifts in moral assumption deserve the credence we are impelled to give them. Besides, the slip looked to me more like a severe case of not remembering.

The audience likes or does not like, is pleased or not pleased–the faculty of ‘taste’ has re-established itself at the centre of the experience of art. In short, we play the role of being ourselves, lionwl sincerely act the part of the sincere person, with the result that a judgment may be passed upon our sincerity that it is not authentic. She implicitly denies the Hegelian dialectic.

What I say publicly about how I sincerihy privately is true. The title of the book is so precise and definitive that for me it almost marks this territory as that of Trilling, at least up untilwhen he presented the lectures upon which the essays were based at Harvard.

What actually matters is only to play well rather than badly, with no genuine relevance to the oucome. It asks us if we are content with ourselves, if we are saved or damned–more than with anything else, it is concerned with salvation.

Suffice it to say, I was exhilarated to read Trilling from a new perspective. As soon as they joke about their natural functions, about the absurdity of defecation and copulation and the oddness of the shapes sincerityy bodies grow into, they are on the way to contriving to appear nobler than they really are.

Return to Book Page. The trillnig you are, the more you have; the less you express your own life, the greater is your alienated life-the greater is the store of your estranged being. Perhaps I just liked the title and that was enough.


Freud and Marcuse In the last essay, “The Authentic Unconscious”, Trilling explores the implications of a psychoanalytical understanding of the mind in terms of the Ego, the Id and the Super-Ego. Added to PP index Total downloads 58of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 2of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

But the old [p. As used in the early sixteenth century in respect of persons, it is largely metaphorical–a man’s life is sincere in the sense of being sound, or pure, or whole; or consistent in its virtuousness.

For example, we cannot amd of the patriarch Abraham that he was a sincere man. Plain speaking became the order of the day. The paradox to be discerned in the position begins, of course, in the extent to which the work of the great modern masters is preoccupied with personal concerns, with the self and with the difficulties of being true to it. It’s not that I believe authenticity shouldn’t be a virtue, it’s that we so clearly do not carry it out.

No less are we all inauthentic. Lucid, and brilliantly framed, its view of cultural history will give Sincerity and Authenticity an important place among the works of this distinguished critic. But there are times when the sudden disclosure transfigures the dull and ordinary, suffusing it with significance. It was mostly in principle that we could be concerned with one particular man in a grey flannel suit or one particular housewife; what we felt to be urgent, however little we were sometimes aware of it, was whether the life usually entailed by adopting the suit or the apron could be conceived as fulfilling for us, as authenticating what we were and could make of ourselves.

The artist now can make scarcely anything which will prove really exigent to the audience, which will outrage its habitual sensibility.

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A Moment of Sincerity The book purports to explore the origin and rise of sincerity and authenticity as subject matter of literature.

Would that I could think as clearly as Lionel Trilling wrote. Authenticity happened in late nineteenth century when W. The whole import of tragedy depends upon [p. It raises in a practical way the philosophical question of how one can look into the soul of another. What occupies and tortures the mind of Alceste is not that first one and then another of the members of his immediate circle, and then still another and at last most all of them, out of vanity or for material advantage, make avowals which are not in accord with what they feel or believe, but rather that the life of man in a developed community must inevitably be a corruption of truth.

The word ‘authenticity’ comes so readily to the tongue these days and in so many connections that it may very well resist such efforts of definition as I shall later make, but I think that for the present I can rely on its suggesting a more strenuous moral experience than ‘sincerity’ does, a more exigent conception of the self and of what being true to it consists in, a wider reference to the universe and man’s place in it, and a less acceptant and genial view of the social circumstances of life.


But it also requires, or may instead be taken to require, coming to terms with the unconscious, that realm of the mind discovered by the poets, as Freud insisted, that Freud himself did much to establish and explore. But it is worth considering whether it might not also have come about because the dissembling which defined the villain became less appropriate to new social circumstances than it had been to preceding ones.

Does the achieved grace and charm, Ottaviano asks, constitute anything but a frivolity and a vanity, even an unmanliness? Society is a concept that is readily hypostatized–the things that are said about it suggest that it has a life of its own and its own laws. But many ordinary readers remain concerned much of the time, in a straightforward way, with what books have to tell us about people, the substance of our lives, the nature of our dilemmas, and for that purpose, as well as others, this slim volume retains its value.

Nowadays, of course, we are all of us trained to believe that the moral life is in ceaseless flux and that the values, as we call them, of one epoch are not those of another.

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The divines were intellectuals in their reliance upon the Word and in their resolution to speak it out plain for all to hear. And if you take it to have been a memory lapse, it looked more authentically human than does the facile grasp of facts and slick command of words that the most polished politicians display. Together, they constitute a “disintegrated consciousness”. It is true that tragedies are often about knowing and not knowing, and they range themselves on the side of knowing.

The scene with the players is concerned with the artistic means by which the congruence between feeling and avowal can be effected, and this histrionic congruence is incongruously invoked by Hamlet as he stands in Ophelia’s grave, outtopping Laertes in the expression of grief: May 02, Aneece rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am about to commence a personal reading project that involves a more philosophical slant Kant, Hegel, Marx and the Continental Philosophers up to Zizek.