Rethinking Sincerity And Authenticity (eBook)
The Ethics Of Theatricality In Kant, Kierkegaard, And Levinas
de Howard Pickett
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"This above all: To thine own self be true," is an idealorpretensebelonging as much to Hamlet as to the carefully choreographed realms of todayspolitics and social media. But what if our "true" selves arent our"best" selves? Instagrams curated portraits of authenticity often betray theparadox of our performative selves: sincerity obliges us to be who we actually are, yet ethicswould have us be better.
Drawing on the writings of Immanuel Kant, SørenKierkegaard, and Emmanuel Levinas, Howard Pickett presents a vivid defense of "virtuoushypocrisy." Our fetish for transparency tends to allow us to forget that the self may notbe worthy of expression, and may become unethically narcissistic in the act of expression. Alertto this ambivalence, these great thinkers advocate incongruent ways of being.Rethinking Sincerity and Authenticity offers an engaging new appraisal notonly of the ethics of theatricality but of the theatricality of ethics, contending that pursuitof ones ideal self entails a relational and ironic performance of identity that liesbeyond the pure notion of expressive individualism.