Be the first to ask a question about Nostalgia for the Absolute. Marxism has its emblems, its symbolic gestures, just like any transcendent religious faith [ This lecture is more lighthearted: Francis George Steiner is an essayist, novelist, philosopher, literary critic, and educator. What the species strives for, finally, is not survival and perpetuation, but repose, perfect inertness. Preview — Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner. Absolluto 19, Toon Pepermans rated it really liked it Shelves: But finally — the contrary to all intuitive, instinctive expectations, to all our hopes — it is not Eros, not love Summary: 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. He became a founding fellow of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge inand has been an Extraordinary Fellow there since Feb 15, MichaelK rated it really liked it Shelves: How familiar all this is to students of the drl of Christianity.
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Nikazahn Books by George Steiner. He discusses whether the truth, when discovered, will actually be beneficial to humanity. An internal entropy is a work. Jun 19, Toon Pepermans rated it really liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. He examines the alternate mythologies Marxism, etc. Above all, it offers a contract of messianic promise concerning the future. Nostalgia for the Absolute The conclusion of the book is a quite-depressing investigation of science as savior.
Is that really the complete basis set? He provides the reader with no adequate reason for believing that truth is of more importance than humanity. Steiner argues that this decay and the failure of the mythologies have created a nostalgia for the absolute that is growing and geofge us to a massive clash between truth and human survival.
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.
It definitely pointed out the impossibility geoege systematic philosophy for me. But georrge — the contrary to all intuitive, instinctive expectations, to all our hopes — it steiner-nostalgiia not Eros, not love Summary: Escrito de forma clara y concisa, accesible para cualquiera, pero no por ello pierde en profundidad. I came on this book through a tweet by Marc Andreesen, where he claimed that it handily explained a lot of modern-day Weltschmerz.
Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner. But this detour of life and consciousness will sooner or later end. It has brought with it untold pain and ecological waste. 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.
Is it the right basis set? Steiner is having a good rant about things that clearly piss him off. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He lives in Cambridge, England, See also: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jul 03, maran rated it really liked it. 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.
Lists with This Book. Not an uninteresting book, considering the topics it hovers upon. Be absolutto first to ask a question about Nostalgia for the Absolute. In fact, George Steiner goes one step further and calls these movem I came on this book through gworge tweet by Marc Andreesen, where he claimed that it handily explained a lot of modern-day Weltschmerz.
Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner 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.
The conflict between them determines the rhythms of existence, of procreation, of somatic and psychic evolution. Jose Salinero rated it really liked it Dec 12, Thanks for telling us about the problem.
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