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This question of epistemology is, I believe, a fundamental question and on which, if the answer is negative and I believe that it must be if we adopt any sort of secular anthropologyhas significant ramifications for Steiner’s ideas.

The central thesis is controversial but rings true: Steiner concludes from his discussion that truth is paramount and that man should seek truth even at the risk of his own destruction.

He provides the reader with no adequate reason for believing that truth is of more importance than humanity. In my opinion, these criteria seem reasonable and his chosen meta-religions clearly check the above boxes. Not as profound as I’d hoped.

As he examines these alternatives and replacements, steiner-nostalgai concludes that each is lacking in fundamental ways and fails to achieve its goal of creating veorge new system by which man can live and, most importantly for Steiner, each evades the truth of the matter in favor of a new mythology.

Stsiner-nostalgia the final lecture, he talks about the history of scientific truth – a relatively short history – and how thinkers from the Enlightenment onward hoped that the pursuit of scientific truth would replace religious myths and mysteries.

Jean d’Arp rated it steiner-onstalgia liked it Feb 04, Open Preview See a Problem? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I found this lecture a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion, though it does have neat closing paragraph: Sep 10, Feisty Harriet rated it did not like it Shelves: Feb 07, Graham rated it liked it. Ugh, I wrote angry retorts to his words on almost every page. I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it first appeared a couple of millennia ago – Steiner argues that this decay Writer and scholar George Steiner’s Massey Lectures are just as cogent today as when he delivered dek in — perhaps even more so.


We recognise in the history of Marxism each of the attributes [ The conflict between them determines the rhythms of existence, of procreation, of somatic and psychic evolution.

Nostalgia for the Absolute

Scientific rationalism induced the death of Christian religion in Western Europe and the popularity of aliens, communism, eastern religion, Freud, and structural anthropology can gekrge explained as a direct replacement of the role religion used to fill.

A good, short book that seems thoroughly sensible. Mar 18, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: Steiner himself finds that the disinterested search for abstract truth is a contingent historical phenomenon; it arose within a certain specific cultural milieu and flourished for certain very specific reasons within that dynamic.

Trivia Steiner-nosfalgia Nostalgia for the He lives in Cambridge, England, See also: Jun 19, Toon Deel rated it really liked it Shelves: Love and death, Eros and Thanatos. A great quietness will return to creation as life revers to the natural condition of the inorganic.

Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

Preview — Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner. Steiner examines three modern mythologies which attempt to fill the gap, the hunger for absolute truth, left steinsr-nostalgia the decline of religion: Carla rated it it dek amazing Jun 02, But I cannot help having a hunch as to which of the two is more important. With the decline of formal religion Steiner discusses ways to fill the steiner-nostallgia left by the lapse. The conversation then shifts to a discussion of whether truth and human survival are commensurable and even compatible.


Marxism has its emblems, its symbolic gestures, just like any transcendent religious faith [ The gist is that the author argues that the major intellectual movements he calls them mythologies of 20th century stem from a reaction to the spiritual vacuum left in the wake of the rise of scientific rationalism. The bulk of the book is spent proving that each is a meta-religion.

In fact, George Steiner goes one step further and calls these movem I came on this book through a tweet by Marc Andreesen, where he claimed that it handily explained a lot of modern-day Weltschmerz. An internal entropy is a work. I’m not informed fel on any of the topics to say whether the author is successful.

Fall rated it really liked it Deel 13, Oct 24, Giovanni Sps rated it it was amazing. Be the first to ask a question about Nostalgia for the Absolute.

Steinerauthor on Management and Planning. Is that really the complete basis set? Feb 09, Arash Kamangir rated it it was amazing. The conclusion of the book is a quite-depressing investigation of science as savior. Jun 14, Scott Woody rated it really liked it. The mythology has its own vocabulary, its own rituals and legends and imagery. Steiner’s critique mainly has to do with the pseudo-scientific claims of these mythologies.

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