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Steiner sel a narrow-minded, xenophobic right-wing nut who somehow genuinely believes that anyone who does not share his ideas is less than. Francis George Steiner is an essayist, novelist, philosopher, literary critic, and educator. Had I to do it over, I’d skip the first four sections. Steiner begins by examining xteiner-nostalgia impact of the “death of God” and the decline of Christianity as well as the emergence of various alternatives to and replacements of Christianity in the modern world.

But I cannot help having a hunch as to steiner-hostalgia of the two is more important. Five lectures on the steinet-nostalgia of Christianity, ‘the death of God’, and its effects on Western civilization. He examines the alternate mythologies Marxism, etc. In he earned an M. Scientific rationalism induced the death of Christian religion in Western Europe 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.

Published March 1st by House of Anansi Press first published Steiner himself finds that the disinterested search for abstract truth is a contingent historical phenomenon; it arose within a steiner-nosstalgia specific cultural milieu and flourished for certain very specific reasons within that dynamic. This lecture is more lighthearted: How familiar all this is geofge students of the history of Christianity. 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.


Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

Sep 10, Feisty Harriet rated it did not like it Shelves: His chosen targets are also clearly important world movements, and are worth discussing as pseudo-religions. We recognise in the history of Marxism each of the attributes [ Fall rated it really liked it Oct 13, He argues that Western culture’s moral and emotional emptiness stems from the decay of formal religion.

It was important for me in that it was only after reading it that I first framed my own deeply-rooted skepticism. Each errantly claims a basis in scientific fact as a bulwark of legitimacy, and this makes these mythologies dangerous and disingenuous. 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.

Didn’t leave much to hope for, but Steiner also seems to shrug at the current possibilities. What the species strives for, finally, is not survival and perpetuation, but repose, perfect inertness.

But finally — the contrary to all intuitive, instinctive expectations, to all our hopes — it is not Eros, not love Summary: I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it first appeared a couple of millennia ago – 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.

Jun 28, Paul rated it it was amazing. He provides the reader with no adequate reason for believing that truth is of more importance than humanity.

With the decline of formal religion Steiner discusses ways to fill the gap left by steiner-noatalgia lapse. Marxism has its legends [ Just a moment while we sign you in deel your Goodreads account. 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.


Marxism has its emblems, its symbolic gestures, just like any transcendent religious faith [ Jun 19, Toon Pepermans rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 03, maran rated it really liked it. Lists with This Book. 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 has written for The New Yorker for over thirty years, contributing over two hundred reviews.

But finally — the contrary to all intuitive, instinctive expectations, to all our hopes — it is not Eros, not love, but Thanatos who is stronger, who is close to the roots of man.

Nostalgia for the Absolute

The A good, short book that seems thoroughly sensible. Aug 08, Jerry Wall rated it it was ok. To ask other readers questions about Nostalgia for the Absoluteplease sign up. 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 it, does t make a sound? I came on this book through a tweet by Marc Andreesen, where he claimed that it handily explained a lot of modern-day Weltschmerz.

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.

Jean d’Arp rated it really liked it Feb 04, The bulk of the book is spent proving that each is a meta-religion.

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