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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. Magari ci sarebbe voluto moltissimo tempo.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He provides steiner–nostalgia reader with no adequate reason for believing that truth is of more importance than humanity.

Didn’t leave much to hope for, but Steiner also seems to shrug at the current possibilities. Steiner’s critique mainly has to do with the pseudo-scientific claims of these mythologies. Paperback64 pages. Want to Read saving…. Feb 09, Arash Kamangir rated it it was amazing.

Feb 07, Graham rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I would say he’s being rather eurocentric there. Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner. Each time and this is the theological scenario a new group of heretics breaks away; and it always says, look, we have the real message of the master; listen to us, the sacred texts have been corrupted, the Gospel is in our keeping; don’t listen to the church at the centre.

I’m not informed enough on any of the cel to say whether the author is successful. He also has a ruthless chapter on modern spiritual replacements that will give some laughs if you roll your eyes that direction on occasion. It has brought with it untold pain and ecological waste. The final steinrr-nostalgia deals with the Pursuit of Truth as the new ultimate hot thing.


I agreed with Steiner up to the point of his discussion of scientific truth.

His chosen targets are also clearly important world movements, and are worth discussing as pseudo-religions. Doubling down on the Enlightenment despite truth being potentially harmful? Steiner is having a good rant about things that clearly piss him off.

Nostalgia for the Absolute

Each errantly claims a basis in scientific fact as a bulwark of legitimacy, and this makes these mythologies dangerous and disingenuous. As he examines these alternatives and replacements, he concludes that each is lacking in fundamental ways and fails to achieve its goal of creating a new system by which man can live and, most importantly for Steiner, abeoluto evades the truth of the matter in favor of a new mythology.

An internal entropy is a work. The A good, short book that seems thoroughly sensible. Dep the final lecture, he talks about the history of scientific truth – a relatively short history – and dle thinkers from the Enlightenment onward hoped that the pursuit of scientific truth would replace religious myths and mysteries. Jun 19, Toon Pepermans rated it really liked it Shelves: The consummation of the libido lies in death” p.

Steiner himself finds that the disinterested abskluto 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. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall steiner-noxtalgia go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and steiner-nostalgoa of a new dark age.


Preview — Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner. Books by George Steiner. The mythology presents a total explanation of history and humanity’s place in the cosmos; quite often it claims that the analysis is based on science, though it will tend to be unfalsifiable and so not qualify as a scientific theory.

Escrito de forma clara y concisa, accesible para cualquiera, pero no por ello pierde en profundidad.

Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

The conclusion of the book is a quite-depressing investigation of science as savior. The conflict between them determines the rhythms of existence, of procreation, of somatic and psychic evolution.

Mar 18, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. Additionally, Steiner accepted the post of Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Geneva inwhich he held for 20 years, teaching in four languages.

Had I to do it over, I’d skip the first four sections.

Writer and scholar George Steiner’s Massey Lectures are just as cogent today as when he delivered them in — perhaps even more so. He examines the alternate mythologies Marxism, etc.

He argues that Western culture’s moral and emotional emptiness stems from the decay of formal religion. Be the first to ask a question about Nostalgia for the Absolute.