“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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One topic of its polemic, which has reference to both aesthetic and social opinion, is the error of the view that trillinv is the highest quality to which art may aspire. This relationship consists in the giving and receiving of knowledge about right conduct, in the formation of ones’ person’s character by another, the acceptance of another’s quidance in one’s own growth.

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Sincerity and Authenticity

It became established doctrine that people were ‘a mixture of good and bad’ and that much of the bad could be accounted for by ‘circumstances’. I do not wish to cut the matter too fine–the word ‘sincerity’ will serve well trillinh for what Mr.

Feb 25, Ian “Marvin” Graye rated it it was amazing Shelves: This brilliant young man from the provinces with a career to make and the firmest intention of making it leaves us in no doubt that his aesthetic preference, his choice of the sublime as against the beautiful, is dictated by his sense of how society authejticity constituted and of how it may be dominated and made to serve his purpose, and by his commitment to the energies of his genius.

It needs the base self in order to express a negative relation with the external power of society. The authentic life, then, requires grappling with the constraints and impositions of society.

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. Lists with This Book.


This discussion of the idea of being true to oneself is exhausting intellectually. Many of them were Jews whose families had come to America from Russia or Eastern Europe in the early twentieth century.

Lionel Trilling, Sincerity and Authenticity, Ch. 4

Perhaps it should not be taken authentivity granted that the villain was nothing but a convention of the stage which for a time was also adopted by the novel. Surely it is as old as speech and gesture?

Excellent attack on the idea of authenticity. One way of giving a synopsis of the whole complex pscyho-historical occurrence is to say that the idea of society, much as we now conceive it, had come into being.

This is what I want to explore in my personal philosophical reading project. Plain speaking became the order of the day. This book traces the cultural-conceptual move from sincerity to authenticity going from Shakespeare to Freud and Conrad by way of various others.

But it makes the significant modern qualification of the older primary truth–it proposes the infernal oucome of the modern social existence as Rousseau described and deplored it, in which the sentiment of individual being depends upon other people. I started a lifelong obsession with writers and critics associated with the magazines “Partisan Review” and “Dissent”.

If false, is it society’s fault and in what way? This striking reversal of doctrine Mr. The choice is only between one role and another. But in the ancient literary conception of the hero, courage is only a single element, and although it is essential, it is not in itself definitive. Mar 21, Andrew rated it it was amazing.

Sincerity and Authenticity by Lionel Trilling

It is definitive of Hamlet himself that in his first full speech he affirms his sincerity, saying that he knows not ‘seems’: Tocqueville’s principle of revolutions is here in point, that in the degree to which the gratification of social desires begins to be possible, impatience at the hindrances to gratification increases.

Perhaps, in doing so, we might address the adverse implications of our own divided consciousness and alienation.

Surveys Western literature and thought to reveal the evolution of the ideals of sincerity and authenticity. The subject matter of the book was that fresh in my mind.


We rightly speak of this change as a revolution. We are no longer required to regard as wholly fortuitous the fact that the hero of Proust’s novel is named Marcel.

Burke’s denigration of beauty in favour of the energy called forth by the sublime put its mark on much of the [p. It was this, we have seen, that made the arts, for Rousseau the paradigm of society in its characteristic deterioration of the sentiment of being.

Sinceity the artist seeks his personal authenticity in his entire autonomousness–his goal is to be as self-defining as the art-object he creates.

But it also requires, or may instead be taken to require, coming to terms with the unconscious, that realm of the mind discovered by trioling poets, as Freud insisted, that Freud himself did much to establish and explore.

Rather than giving a short summary of each of the six lectures included in Sincerity and AuthenticityI would rather summarize the book as a whole. Who would not wish to be true to his own self?

I especially appreciated the passages dealing with the emergence of the “individual” – since yrilling own current, tailored-to-every-man culture seems to be the far and inevitable peak of placing emphasis on such “individual” concerns. Doubtless something is lacking in her temperament, but not everything, and not enough to justify the condescension with which most readers think autheticity ought to regard her.

Besides, the slip looked to me more like a severe case of not remembering. I felt the lectures tapering off liomel the second half, as I started pausing over Trilling’s readings and questioning the occasional point, less often lapping up his insights. The Practices of the Self.