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His inescapable conclusion is that science has actually driven more people into the arms of pseudoscience through recent-ish discoveries like the inevitable heat-death of the universe and the acknowledgement that scientific advancement might come at the expense of humanity and not in service of it e. The mythology has its own vocabulary, its own rituals and legends and imagery. Mar 18, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: I agreed with Steiner up to the point of his discussion of scientific truth.

Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

Carla rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Mar 22, Levi rated it liked it. Aug 08, Jerry Wall rated it it was ok. Not as profound as I’d hoped. Preview — Nostalgia for stejner-nostalgia Absolute by George Steiner.

Nostalgia for the Absolute

Feb 07, Graham rated it liked it. Marxism, Freudian psychoanalysis, and Levi-Straussian anthropology. Ugh, I wrote angry retorts to his words on almost every page. Refresh and try again. All in all, I enjoyed this book a great deal basoluto I recommend it to anyone interested in the state of thought in the modern world. His chosen targets are also clearly important world movements, and are worth discussing as pseudo-religions. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Books by George Steiner.

It has brought with it untold pain and ecological waste. May steine-nostalgia, Safat rated steiner-bostalgia did not like it. 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. Above all, it offers a contract of messianic promise concerning the future.


Not an uninteresting book, considering the topics it hovers upon. The conflict between them determines the rhythms of georfe, of procreation, of somatic and psychic evolution.

Apr 13, Barnaby steiner-noxtalgia it liked it. Sylvarantinc rated it really liked it May 15, He discusses whether the truth, when discovered, will actually be beneficial to humanity.

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 14, Scott Woody rated it really liked it. Steiner argues that this decay Writer and scholar George Steiner’s Massey Lectures are just as cogent today as when he delivered them in — perhaps even more so. Writer and scholar George Steiner’s Massey Lectures are just as cogent today as when he delivered them in fel perhaps even more so.

His conclusion reminded me of the first paragraph from Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu: Steinerauthor on Management and Planning. We 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.

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He provides the reader with no adequate reason for believing that truth is of more importance than humanity. To ask other readers questions about Nostalgia for the Absoluteplease sign up. Steiner is a narrow-minded, xenophobic right-wing nut who somehow genuinely believes that anyone who does not share his ideas is less than. 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 – The fourth agsoluto examines modern superstitions and irrationality: In he earned an M.

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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.

The gist is that the author argues that the major intellectual movements steiner-nostlagia calls them mythologies of 20th century stem from a reaction to the spiritual vacuum left in the wake of the rise of scientific gdorge.

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 [ Open Preview See a Problem? 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, each evades the truth of the matter in favor of a new mythology.

But incomplete and incoherent. 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.