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Steinerauthor on Management and Planning. Open Preview See a Problem? Again, Steiner fails to address epistemology.

Then I took a large piece of paper, stuck it up on the wall of my apartment and wrote, “I don’t believe in anything. Didn’t leave much to hope for, but Steiner also seems to shrug at the current possibilities. Apr 26, Rhys rated it liked it. I agreed with Steiner up to the point of his discussion of scientific truth.

But this detour of life steinet-nostalgia consciousness will sooner or later end. Marxism has its emblems, its symbolic gestures, just like any transcendent religious faith [ Mar 18, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: He has written for The New Yorker for over thirty years, contributing over two hundred reviews.

Sylvarantinc rated it really liked it May 15, Feb 07, Edl rated it liked it. Steiner is a narrow-minded, xenophobic right-wing nut who somehow genuinely believes that anyone who does not share his ideas is less than. He discusses whether the truth, when discovered, will actually be beneficial to humanity.

Nostalgia for the Absolute

To ask other readers questions about Nostalgia for the Absoluteplease sign up. In 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. Steiner begins by examining the 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.


The new aspects for the world that it gives you, change your entire philosophy for life. 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. Feb 09, Arash Kamangir rated it it was amazing. Carla rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Want to Read saving….

Ugh, I wrote angry retorts to his words on almost every page. He also has a ruthless chapter on modern spiritual replacements that will give some laughs if you roll your eyes that direction on occasion. We recognise in the history geoorge Marxism each of the attributes [ I would say he’s being rather eurocentric there.

Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

Steiner’s larger point is to steiner-nostalgiaa a light on these movements, to understand them as surrogates for religion as a means of explaining their popularity especially bolstered with pseudoscience. But incomplete and incoherent. Preview — Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Escrito de forma clara y concisa, accesible para cualquiera, pero no por ello pierde en profundidad. The bulk of the book is spent proving that each is a meta-religion. Feb 15, MichaelK rated it really liked it Shelves: While there is much that can be said here, my own thoughts largely fall into two areas: Human survival, both personal and collective, on the other hand, is visceral, biological, and universal.

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Not as profound as I’d hoped. A good, short book that seems thoroughly sensible. 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.


The consummation of the libido lies in death” p. The final section deals with the Pursuit of Truth as the new ultimate hot thing.

While Steiner does a decent job in his exploration of the question of whether truth and human survival are coterminous and I agree with his assessment that they are not necessarily so, what Steiner fails to address is whether human beings are truth-capable, that is, whether humans actually possess the requisite faculties to ascertain and understand truth.

This lecture is more lighthearted: The A good, short book that seems thoroughly sensible. Steiner concludes from his discussion that truth is paramount and that man should seek truth even at the risk of his own destruction.

Francis George Steiner is an essayist, novelist, philosopher, literary critic, and educator.

How familiar all this is to students of the history steier-nostalgia Christianity. 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 steiner-nostalbia make a sound?

Oct 24, Giovanni Sps rated it it was amazing. The central thesis is controversial but rings true: Doubling down on the Enlightenment despite truth being potentially harmful? Steiner’s critique mainly has to do with the pseudo-scientific claims of these mythologies. Jean d’Arp rated it really liked it Feb 04, The mythology has its own vocabulary, its own rituals and legends and imagery.