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I’m not informed enough on any of the topics to say whether the author is successful. He has written for The New Yorker for over thirty years, contributing over two hundred reviews. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He also has a ruthless chapter on modern spiritual replacements that will give some laughs if you roll your eyes that direction on occasion. The mythology has its own vocabulary, its own rituals and legends and imagery. What the species strives for, finally, is not survival and perpetuation, but repose, perfect inertness.

It’s definitely clear that these movements are important to the world and that their adherents really do believe in the inevitability of their claims the communist March of Progress rings faintly. All in all, I enjoyed this book a great deal and I recommend it to anyone interested in the state of thought in the modern world. In he earned an M.

Human survival, both personal and collective, on the other hand, is visceral, biological, and universal. Is that really the complete basis set? Return to Book Page. How familiar all this is to students of the history of Christianity.

Is it the right basis set? May 28, Safat rated it did not like it. Mar 22, Levi rated it liked it.


Steiner is having a good rant about things that clearly piss him off. Trivia About Nostalgia for the Apr 13, Barnaby rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Apr 26, Rhys rated it liked it.

Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

Magari ci sarebbe voluto moltissimo tempo. I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it first appeared a couple of millennia ago – Jean d’Arp rated it really liked it Feb 04, Alas, the pursuit of scientific truth – subject to falsification, experimental proof, and logical constraints – is not something that can ignites the passions of all hearts.

To ask other readers questions about Nostalgia for the Absoluteplease sign up. Published March 1st by House of Anansi Press first published Jose Salinero rated it really liked it Dec 12, The new aspects for the world that it gives you, change your entire philosophy for life. Five lectures on the decline of Christianity, ‘the death of God’, and its effects on Western civilization.

Writer georgw scholar George Steiner’s Massey Lectures are just as cogent today as when he delivered them in — perhaps even more so.

Steiner argues that this decay Writer and scholar George Steiner’s Massey Lectures are just as cogent today as when he delivered them in — perhaps even more so. It was important for me in that it was only after steiner-noetalgia it that I first framed my own deeply-rooted skepticism. The final section deals with the Pursuit of Truth as the new ultimate hot thing.

Marxism, Freudian psychoanalysis, and Levi-Straussian anthropology.

Scientific rationalism induced the death of Christian religion in Western Absolto and the popularity of aliens, communism, eastern religion, Freud, and structural anthropology can be explained as a direct replacement of the role religion used to fill. Books by George Steiner. Love and death, Eros and Thanatos. He provides the reader with no adequate reason for believing that truth is of more importance than humanity.


Nostalgia for the Absolute

While Steiner does a decent job in his exploration of the question of whether truth and human survival are coterminous and I agree with his assessment that steiner-notalgia are not necessarily so, what Steiner fails to address is whether human beings are truth-capable, that is, whether humans actually possess the requisite faculties to ascertain and understand steiner-nowtalgia. The conversation then shifts to a discussion of whether truth steiner-nostalgiaa human survival are commensurable and even compatible.

Fall rated it really liked it Oct 13, Steinerauthor on Management and Planning. While there is much that can be said here, my own thoughts largely fall into two areas: Steiner’s critique mainly has to do with the pseudo-scientific claims of these mythologies. But I cannot help having a hunch as to which of the two is more important.

Steiner examines three modern mythologies which attempt to fill the gap, the hunger for absolute truth, left by the decline of religion: Escrito de forma clara y concisa, accesible para cualquiera, pero no por ello pierde en profundidad.