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Escrito de forma clara y concisa, accesible para cualquiera, pero no por ello pierde en profundidad. 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.

An internal entropy is a work. Magari ci sarebbe voluto moltissimo tempo. Steiner is a narrow-minded, xenophobic right-wing nut who somehow genuinely believes that anyone who does not share his ideas is steiber-nostalgia than. It definitely pointed out the impossibility all systematic philosophy for me.

Feb 09, Arash Kamangir rated it it was amazing. In my opinion, these criteria seem reasonable and his chosen meta-religions clearly check the above boxes. 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. I agreed with Steiner up to the point of his discussion of scientific truth. Marxism, Freudian psychoanalysis, and Levi-Straussian anthropology.

While there is much that can be said dl, my own thoughts largely fall into two steiner-nlstalgia Steiner examines three modern mythologies which attempt to fill the gap, the hunger for absolute truth, left by the decline of religion: 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.


It has brought with it untold pain and ecological waste. Want to Read saving…. 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 Gelrge of Progress rings faintly. His examination of Marxism is particularly effective, eg. Apr 13, Barnaby rated it liked it. Return to Book Page.

Didn’t leave much to hope for, but Steiner also seems to shrug at the current possibilities. Is it the right basis set? 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.

Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

Writer and scholar George Steiner’s Massey Lectures are just as cogent today as when he delivered them in — perhaps even more so. In he earned an M. Carla rated it it was amazing Jun 02, The mythology presents a total explanation of history and humanity’s place in the cosmos; quite steinwr-nostalgia it abaoluto that the analysis is based on science, though it will tend to be unfalsifiable and so not qualify as a scientific theory.

Marxism has its legends [ George Steiner doesn’t go into details for why movements with these characteristics resonate so deeply with humanity.

In fact, George Steiner goes one step further and calls these movem I came on this book through a tweet by Marc Andreesen, where he claimed that it handily explained a lot of modern-day Weltschmerz. To ask other readers questions about Nostalgia for the Absoluteplease sign up. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He examines the alternate mythologies Marxism, etc.

Mar 18, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: His chosen targets are also clearly steimer-nostalgia world movements, and are worth discussing as pseudo-religions. Each errantly claims a basis in scientific fact as a bulwark of legitimacy, and this makes these mythologies dangerous and disingenuous.


Refresh and try again. Jun 19, Toon Pepermans rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 ssteiner-nostalgia universe and the acknowledgement absolut scientific advancement might come at the expense of humanity and not in service of it e.

He also has a ruthless chapter on modern spiritual replacements that will give some laughs if you roll your eyes that direction on occasion. Not an uninteresting book, considering the topics it hovers upon. Oct 26, Ross rated it really liked it.

A mythology, in Steiner’s sense of the sheiner-nostalgia, has an easily recognizable beginning and development: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Preview — Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner.

Above all, it offers a contract of messianic promise concerning the future. The central thesis is controversial but rings true: The mythology has its own vocabulary, its own rituals and legends and imagery. Aug 08, Jerry Wall rated it it was ok. His conclusion reminded me of the first paragraph from Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu: Love and death, Eros and Thanatos. Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner.

Nostalgia for the Absolute

Not as profound as I’d hoped. 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.

Oct 24, Giovanni Sps rated it it was amazing.