Nostalgia for the Absolute E–pub Download


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  • Nostalgia for the Absolute
  • George Steiner
  • English
  • 13 February 2018
  • 9780887845949

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review ´ Nostalgia for the Absolute ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub The alternate mythologies Marxism etc and fads of irrationality astrology the occult 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 cla. Not an uninteresting book considering the topics it hovers upon But incomplete and incoherent

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review ´ Nostalgia for the Absolute ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Writer and scholar George Steiner's Massey Lectures are just as cogent today as when he delivered them in 1974 perhaps even so He argues that Western culture's moral and emotional emptiness stems from the decay of formal religion He examines. I came on this book through a tweet by Marc Andreesen where he claimed that it handily explained a lot of modern day Weltschmerz The central thesis is controversial but rings true 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 fillIn fact George Steiner goes one step further and calls these movements meta religions or mythologies that share key traits with religion George Steiner doesn t go into details for why movements with these characteristics resonate so deeply with humanity A meta religion Needs to have taxonomy a set of terms uniuely meaningful for the religion Needs a narrative arc a founding story a mythological founder apostasy Needs to be holistic and disprovable the mythology needs to explain everything about the world and be presented as a disprovable logical systemOne can definitely uibble with the criteria above Is that really the complete basis set Is it the right basis set In my opinion these criteria seem reasonable and his chosen meta religions clearly check the above boxes His chosen targets are also clearly important world movements and are worth discussing as pseudo religions The bulk of the book is spent proving that each is a meta religion Steiner s critiue mainly has to do with the pseudo scientific claims of these mythologies Each errantly claims a basis in scientific fact as a bulwark of legitimacy and this makes these mythologies dangerous and disingenuous 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 March of Progress rings faintly It s also clear especially wrt to Communism and Aliens that this deep belief can truly pervert the world how else to explain the humongous amount of money poured into Astrology 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 The conclusion of the book is a uite depressing investigation of science as savior His inescapable conclusion is that science has actually driven 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 eg AI

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review ´ Nostalgia for the Absolute ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Sh between truth and human survivalUltimately he suggests that we can only reduce the impact of this collision course if we continue as disinterestedly as possible to ask uestions and seek answers in the face of our increasingly complex worl. The only issue where I disagree with Steiner is his all too uick dismissal of what he calls orientalism but I can imagine that back then it involved a lot of superstitioussuperficial beliefs and practices and maybe still but probably a lot less I would say he s being rather eurocentric thereBut overall very good


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    Free download Nostalgia for the Absolute George Steiner ¿ 9 review Download é E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¿ George Steiner Pretty unclear ending the search for truth via science and reason or something to replace the loss of Christian certainty God is Dead? Doubling down on the Enlightenment despite truth being potentially harmful? Didn't leave much to hope for but Steiner also seems to shrug at the current possibilities His conclusion reminde

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    Free download Nostalgia for the Absolute Download é E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¿ George Steiner George Steiner ¿ 9 review I came on this book through a tweet by Marc Andreesen where he claimed that it handily explained a lot of modern day Weltschmerz The central thesis is controversial but rings true 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 fillIn fact

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    Nostalgia for the Absolute E–pub Download George Steiner died yesterday His brilliant and wise literary and cultural critiue will be greatly missed I have commented on his book Nostalgia for the Absolute here

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    George Steiner ¿ 9 review Download é E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¿ George Steiner Free download Nostalgia for the Absolute Summary as we seek philosophies and cosmologies to fulfill our need for the absolute we find there is nothing entropy Here's a pick me upper Two deities two gods to overwhelming agencies govern and divide our being said Freud Love and death Eros and Thanatos The conflict between them determines the rhythms of existence of procreation of som

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    Nostalgia for the Absolute E–pub Download Download é E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¿ George Steiner George Steiner ¿ 9 review I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it first appeared a couple of millennia ago 1974 75 It was important for me in that it was only after reading it that I first framed my own deeply rooted skepticism I agreed with Steiner up to the point of his discussion of scientific truth Then I took a large piece of paper

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    Download é E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¿ George Steiner Nostalgia for the Absolute E–pub Download George Steiner ¿ 9 review Five lectures on the decline of Christianity 'the death of God' and its effects on Western civilizationSteiner examines three modern mythologies which attempt to fill the gap the hunger for absolute truth left by the decline of religion Marxism Freudian psychoanalysis and Levi Straussian anthropology A mythology in Steiner's sense of the word has an easily recognizable beginning and development a prophetic visi

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    Free download Nostalgia for the Absolute George Steiner ¿ 9 review Nostalgia for the Absolute E–pub Download A good short book that seems thoroughly sensible The gist is that the author argues that the major intellectual movements he calls them mythologies of 20th century stem from a reaction to the spiritual vacuum left in the wake of the rise of scientific rationalism The first four sections are attempted take downs of Marxism

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    Download é E-book, or Kindle E-pub ¿ George Steiner George Steiner ¿ 9 review Nostalgia for the Absolute E–pub Download The only issue where I disagree with Steiner is his all too uick dismissal of what he calls orientalism but I can imagine that back then it involved a lot of superstitioussuperficial beliefs and practices and maybe still but probably a lot less I would say he's being rather eurocentric thereBut overall very good

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