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He discusses Freudian psychology as a religion, Levi Strauss philosophy and further goes into reviving such old chestnuts in belief systems abslouto mythology and astrology. Marxism has its legends [ He provides the reader with no adequate reason for believing that truth is of more importance than humanity.
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.
In my opinion, these criteria seem reasonable and his chosen meta-religions clearly check the above boxes. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Published March 1st by House of Anansi Press first published This question of epistemology is, I believe, a fundamental question and on which, if the answer is negative and I believe that it must be if we adopt any sort of secular anthropologyhas significant ramifications for Steiner’s ideas.
I find myself disagreeing with Steiner’s overall conclusion.
Nostalgia for the Absolute
I would say he’s being rather eurocentric there. Oct 24, Giovanni Sps rated it it was amazing. Francis George Steiner is an essayist, novelist, philosopher, literary critic, and educator. 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. Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner.
Scientific georrge 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.
Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner
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.
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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. He lives in Cambridge, England, See also: Mar 18, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: The new aspects for the world that it gives you, change your entire philosophy for life.
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 the universe and steine-rnostalgia acknowledgement that scientific advancement might come at the expense of humanity and not in service of it e.
Mar 22, Levi rated it liked it. Ugh, I wrote angry retorts to his words on almost every page.
A good, short book that seems thoroughly sensible. Jun 28, Paul rated it it was amazing. Had I to do it over, I’d skip the first four sections. I found this lecture a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion, though it does have neat closing paragraph: The truth, I believe, does have a future; whether man does is much less clear. This lecture is more lighthearted: Escrito de forma clara y concisa, accesible para cualquiera, pero no por ello pierde en profundidad. To see what your friends thought of absoulto book, please sign up.
But this detour of life and consciousness will sooner or later end. The fourth lecture examines modern superstitions and irrationality: It definitely pointed out the impossibility all systematic philosophy fo I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it first appeared a couple of millennia ago – An internal entropy is a work.
But finally steiner-nosstalgia the contrary to all intuitive, instinctive expectations, to all our hopes — it is not Eros, not love Summary: Above all, it offers a contract of messianic promise concerning the future.
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