“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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Nowadays our colloquial language makes the idea of the hero more or less coestensive with one of the moral qualities originally thought to be essential to it: In its dealings with personality this criticism played an elaborate, ambiguous, and arbitrary game.

Not all cultures develop the idea of the heroic. But such cases were at least serious-minded, backed by a substantial understanding of what one meant by it.

But the word ‘pleasure’ can repel these authenyicity meanings and suggest others of greater dignity, doubtless because of its habitual association with the word ‘pain’ and also because of the actual intefusion of pleasure and pain [a matter trillinng which Burke gives considerable attention]; as a consequence, pleasure persists for a long time in aestheic theory as the proper end of art.

But genuine persons figure as well. Nov 16, Lee rated it really liked it.

Sincerity and Authenticity — Lionel Trilling | Harvard University Press

Must an Educator Be Sincere? The whole energy of his being is directed towards perfecting the trait upon which he prides himself. He tends to assume we know very well what he is sinceirty about. The unfolding public events with which the psychological trklling are connected–equally, we note, as cause and as effect–are the dissolution of the feudal order and the diminished authority of the Church.


Must read more Trilling. Instances range over the whole of Western literature and thought, from Shakespeare to Hegel to Sartre, from Robespierre to R.

Which is why pedagogy sets itself against tragedy–it imputes to tragedy an essential lack of seriousness. I hadn’t until pretty recently. In its commonest employment it has sunk to the level of a mere intensive, in which capacity it has an effect that negates its literal intention–‘I sincerely believe’ has less weight than ‘I believe’; in the subscription of a letter, ‘Yours sincerely,’ means virtually the opposite of ‘Yours’.

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Conversely, much that culture traditionally condemned and sought to exclude is accorded a considerable moral authority by reason of the authenticity claimed for it, for example, disorder, violence, unreason,” I found most of the book tedious. Lowness of social station, lowness even in a biological sense, is a necessary condition of the persons who provide Wordsworth’s epiphanies: It is somtimes supposed that the comic is a response to the tragic, that in its essence it is an adverse comment on the heroic.

They speak to us of our own condition; we are members one of another. 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.

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True, which is to say honest: Williams does not say so, ‘society’ itself is another such word. How would you know? It is a historical commonplace that, beginning in the sixteenth century, there was a decisive increase in the rate of social mobility, most especially in England but also in France.

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It is not the heart of darkness. That isn’t an impression I usually embrace. Feb 08, Luke rated it liked it Shelves: Society was seen and heard, and thought about, by men who had liberated themselves from the sanctions of the corporate Church. In Italy in one could speak authneticity to sovereign power only if one possessed a trained perfection of grace and charm.


An implication is that getting and having, the pursuit of happiness, even our attempts to ameliorate the difficulties of life through social, economic, and political action, however much these things are natural and perhaps necessary, are apt to hit a wall sooner or later. The genre, as Delay observes, is by no means exclusively Protestant, but it is predominantly so. I mean that he made a number of decisions relative to featured texts and thinkers that would have gone quite differently with other lecturers on sincerity and authenticity – which sounds obvious, but goes to say that Trilling’s treatment felt interpretive to me.

Being “Sincere” was most important, but somehow the notion of Authenticity took its place.

Sincerity and Authenticity

She has a degree of courage, although of an imprudent sort, an attractive presence, a sexuality which is urgent when once it is aroused, an imagination which kindles to the idea of experience and envisions a society in which people are interesting and valued, and a will to overcome the nullilty of her existence wuthenticity to make, or seize, what is called a life. In one, spirit shows sinceity from Nature; the sudden revelation communicates to the poet a transcendent message which bears upon the comprehension of human [p.

The dignity it confers on the man is not latent, to be revealed or discerned eventually, but is wholly manifest in word and deed, in physique and comportment.