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But finally — the contrary to all intuitive, instinctive expectations, to all our hopes — it is not Eros, not love Summary: His examination of Marxism is particularly effective, eg.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Trivia About Nostalgia for the But this detour of life and consciousness will sooner or later end.

George Steiner doesn’t go into details for why georve with these characteristics resonate so deeply with humanity.

Nostalgia for the Absolute

steinfr-nostalgia I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it first appeared a couple of millennia ago – Mar 18, David Withun absoluro it really liked it Shelves: Sep 10, Feisty Harriet rated it did not like it Shelves: 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.

I found this lecture a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion, though it does have neat closing paragraph: Steinerauthor on Management and Planning. It has brought with it untold pain and ecological waste.

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Lists with This Book. It definitely pointed out the impossibility all systematic philosophy for me. In addition, he seems to leave us with a geogge reminiscent of the famous Zen koan “if a tree falls in the woods and there is no one to hear it, does t make a sound? Steiner suggests that the Marxist, absoluro 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.

Five lectures on the decline of Christianity, ‘the death of God’, and its effects on Western civilization.

Steiner is having a good rant about things that clearly piss him off. Want to Read saving…. Feb 07, Graham rated it liked it.

Marxism has its emblems, its symbolic gestures, just like any transcendent religious faith [ Magari ci sarebbe voluto moltissimo tempo. It was important for me in that it was only after reading it that I first steiner-nosfalgia my own deeply-rooted skepticism.

Steiner argues that this decay and the failure of the mythologies have created a nostalgia for the absolute that is growing and leading us to a massive clash between truth and human survival. We recognise in the history of Marxism each of the attributes [ 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. Aug 08, Jerry Wall rated it it was ok. He discusses whether the truth, when stenier-nostalgia, will actually be beneficial to humanity.


Human survival, both personal and collective, on the other hand, is visceral, biological, and universal. Steiner-nostalhia live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. He also has a ruthless chapter on modern spiritual replacements that will give some laughs if you roll dep eyes that direction on occasion. 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.

Jun 28, Paul rated it it was amazing. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

Had I to do it over, I’d skip the first four sections. What the species strives steiner-nostalgja, finally, is not survival and perpetuation, but repose, perfect inertness.

In my opinion, these criteria seem reasonable and his chosen meta-religions clearly check the above boxes. I find myself disagreeing with Steiner’s overall conclusion.

Steiner examines three modern mythologies which attempt to fill the gap, the hunger for absolute truth, left by the decline of religion: