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Ultimately he suggests that we can only reduce the impact of this collision course if we continue, as disinterestedly as possible, to ask questions and seek answers in the face of our increasingly complex world. The truth, I believe, does have a absoluot whether man does is much less clear. Magari ci sarebbe voluto moltissimo tempo. Open Preview See a Problem?
Nostalgia for the Absolute
The bulk of the book is spent proving that each is a meta-religion. It was important for me in that it was only after reading it that I first framed my own deeply-rooted skepticism. Steiner concludes from his discussion that truth is paramount and that man should seek truth even at the risk of his own destruction. But incomplete and incoherent.
I came on this book through a tweet by Marc Andreesen, where he claimed that it handily explained a lot of modern-day Weltschmerz. I found this lecture a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion, though it does have neat closing paragraph: Not as profound as I’d hoped. Jose Salinero rated it really liked it Dec 12, Writer and scholar George Steiner’s Massey Lectures are just as cogent today as when he delivered them in — perhaps even more so.
A great quietness will return to creation as life revers to the natural condition of the inorganic.
Refresh and try again. Above all, it offers a contract of messianic promise concerning the future.
Jun 19, Toon Pepermans rated it really liked it Shelves: In addition, he seems to leave us with a scenario reminiscent of the famous Zen koan “if a tree falls in the woods and there is no one to hear steiner-nostalgua, does t make a sound? Jun 28, Paul rated it it was amazing. He discusses whether the truth, when discovered, will actually be beneficial steiner-nosta,gia humanity.
But I cannot help having a hunch as to which of the two is more important. He has written for The New Yorker for over thirty years, contributing over two hundred reviews.
The central thesis is controversial but rings true: He discusses Freudian psychology as a religion, Levi Strauss philosophy and further goes into reviving such old chestnuts in belief systems as mythology and astrology. Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner.
A good, short book that seems thoroughly sensible. His chosen targets are also clearly important world movements, and are worth discussing as pseudo-religions. May 28, Safat rated it did not like it. How familiar all this is to students of the history of Christianity. Five lectures on the decline of Christianity, ‘the death of God’, and its effects on Western civilization.
Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner
Is it the right basis set? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Steiner suggests that the Marxist, the psychoanalyst, and the anthropologist would be furious if you told him his beliefs and analyses of the human condition “are mythologies and allegoric constructs directly derivative from the religious world-image which he has sought to replace.
It definitely pointed out the impossibility all systematic philosophy fo I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it first appeared a couple of millennia ago – He argues that Western culture’s absoluuto and emotional emptiness stems from the decay of formal religion.
Again, Steiner fails to address epistemology. Feb 15, MichaelK rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Nostalgia for the Absoluteplease sign up.
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