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Season 2009 Episode 0513

Playwright Jane Taylor on Sincerity

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Playwright Jane Taylor on Sincerity
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South African playwright and critic Jane Taylor examines sincerity, drawing on her work with visual artist William Kentridge and her writings on the proceedings of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.?According to Taylor, "Anywhere that 'sincerity' names itself, it ceases to exist. It is a value that is vouched for through a circuit of social consensus, in which it cannot itself trade. Given this, my investigation of the concept 'sincerity' is an attempt to determine how it was established as a valorized ideal within Western Protestant culture."Taylor's inquiry has a dual focus: the history of the idea, beginning with the religious wars of the Reformation, in which conversions, both forced and voluntary, took place; and its implications for global justice in today's media-saturated environment. ?moreless
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