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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. Scientific rationalism induced the death of Christian religion in Western Europe and the popularity of aliens, communism, eastern religion, Freud, and structural anthropology can steiner-nosttalgia explained as a direct replacement of the role religion used to fill.

Again, Steiner fails to address epistemology. George Steiner doesn’t go into details for why movements with these characteristics resonate so deeply with humanity.

Marxism has its emblems, its symbolic gestures, just like any transcendent religious faith [ I would say he’s being rather eurocentric there. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The mythology has its own vocabulary, its own rituals and legends and imagery.

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. Refresh and try again. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Not an uninteresting book, considering the topics it hovers upon. But finally — the contrary to all intuitive, instinctive expectations, to all our hopes — it is not Eros, not love Summary: The conversation t 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.


Steiner suggests that the Marxist, the 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.

The conflict between them determines the rhythms of existence, of procreation, of somatic and psychic evolution. He has written for The New Yorker for over thirty years, contributing over two hundred reviews.

The A good, short book that seems thoroughly sensible. His chosen targets are also clearly important world movements, and are worth discussing as pseudo-religions.

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.

Nostalgia for the Absolute

While there is much that can be said here, my own thoughts largely fall into two areas: How familiar all this is to students of the history of Christianity. 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.

Mar 18, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: I found this lecture a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion, though it does have neat closing paragraph: In he earned an M. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Magari ci sarebbe voluto moltissimo tempo.

He became a founding fellow of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge inand has been an Extraordinary Fellow there since Preview — Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner.

Is that really the complete basis set? What the species strives for, finally, is not survival and perpetuation, but repose, perfect inertness. 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 steiner-nostalggia in our keeping; don’t listen to the church at the centre.


Jul 03, maran steiner-nostaglia it really liked it. I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it first appeared a couple of millennia ago – No trivia or quizzes yet. The consummation of the libido lies in death” p. Steiner concludes from his discussion that truth is paramount and that man should seek truth even at the risk of his own destruction. Apr 13, Barnaby rated it liked it.

Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

We recognise in the history of Marxism each of the attributes [ We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of steiner-onstalgia, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. 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. Open Preview See a Problem?

Steiner’s larger point is to shine a light on these movements, to understand them as surrogates for religion as a means of explaining their popularity especially bolstered with pseudoscience.

Oct 26, Wteiner-nostalgia rated it really liked it. Steiner’s critique mainly has to do with the pseudo-scientific claims of these mythologies. Want to Read saving…. 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?

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