editore: Raffaello Cortina Editore
To sincerity, meaning frankness and truthfulness, moral reflection has devoted some of most remarkable pages in the philosophical canon, from Aristotle to St. Augustine, from Montaigne to Rousseau, from Kant to contemporary philosophers. Nonetheless, sincerity will envisage our relationship with truth only through the relationship we keep with other people and, most of all, with ourselves. In real life, sincerity is somehow adjusted to commonplace patterns and
hackneyed phrases, adapted to different situations, tones and gestures. Sincerity is demanded by lovers, sworn in courts, feared by traitors, shunned by liars and hypocrites. It is evoked to deceive, but also to testify, if necessary against the whole world, the dignity of truth and of all those who heroically believe in it. Hence, sincerity opens up, in front of our eyes, an immense social theatre of roles and interactions, a symbolic space in which individuals are engaged to
build and shape themselves, seeking the dimension of their own authenticity.
Andrea Tagliapietra teaches History of Modern Philosphy at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan.