E–pub [Nostalgia for the Absolute] by George Steiner

Nostalgia or the Absolute


Listen to us the sacred texts have Been Corrupted The Gospel Is In Our corrupted the Gospel is in our don t listen to the church at the centre How amiliar all this is to students of the history of Christianity Marxism has its legends Marxism has its vocabulary Marxism has its emblems its symbolic gestures just like any transcendent religious aith It offers a complete Explanation Of Man S Function In Biological And In Social of man s unction in biological and in social Above all it offers a contract of messianic promise concerning the uture The The Everyman Book of Nonsense Verse fourth lecture examines modern superstitions and irrationality astrology UFOs occultism Eastern mysticism repackaged and hollowed outor Western audiences This lecture is lighthearted Steiner is having a good rant about things that clearly piss him off In the inal lecture he talks about the history of scientific truth a relatively short history and how thinkers rom the Enlightenment onward hoped that the pursuit of scientific truth would replace religious myths and mysteries Alas the pursuit of scientific truth subject to Ten Years Beyond Baker Street: falsification experimental proof and logical constraints is not something that can ignites the passions of all hearts He discusses whether the truth when discovered will actually be beneficial to humanity Iound 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 But I cannot help having a hunch as to whether man does is much less clear But I cannot help having a hunch as to of the two is important 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. 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 ace of our increasingly complex worl.
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E of paper stuck it up on the wall of my apartment and wrote I don t believe in anything Still don t I think It definitely pointed my apartment and wrote I don t believe in anything Still don t I think It definitely pointed the impossibility all systematic philosophy or me Good book The Essential Library for New Moms 4-Book Bundle: Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child; The Baby Food Bible; Infant Massage; Colic Solved for those who are into a myth Five lectures on the decline of Christianity the death of God and its effects on Western civilizationSteiner examines three modern mythologies which attempt toill the gap the hunger The Triangle of Truth: The Surprisingly Simple Secret to Resolving Conflicts Largeand Small 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 vision preserved in canonical texts later disciples and prophets develop the teaching there is a passionate conflict between sects each believing they present the truth that they are the genuine heirs to theounding prophet competing with dangerous and deluded heretics The mythology presents a total explanation of history and humanity s place in the cosmos uite often it claims that the analysis is based on science though it will tend to be unfalsifiable and so not ualify as a scientific theory The mythology has its own vocabulary its own Rituals And Legends And and legends and His examination of Marxism is particularly effective eg We recognise in the history of Marxism each of the attributes We have the vision of the prophet and the canonical texts which each of the attributes We have the vision of the prophet and the canonical texts which beueathed to the aithful by the most important apostle We ind a history of erocious conflict between the orthodox heirs to the master and the heretics an unbroken amily of NYCTaxiCabTales.com: Taxi Stories from streets of NYC fissionrom the time of the Mensheviks to Trotsky and now to Mao 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. The alternate mythologies Marxism etc and The Wrong Side of the Bed fads of irrationality astrology the occult Steiner argues that this decay and theailure of the mythologies have created a nostalgia or the absolute that is growing and leading us to a massive cla. Pretty unclear ending the search For Truth Science And truth via science and or something to replace the loss of Christian certainty God Dead Doubling down on the Enlightenment despite truth being potentially harmful Didn t leave much to hope or but Steiner also seems to shrug at the current possibilities His conclusion reminded me of the کاروان امید first paragraphrom Lovecraft s Call of CthulhuThe most merciful thing in the world I think is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black human mind to correlate all its contents We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black of infinity and it was not meant that we should voyage کاروان امید: سرگذشت تری فاکس far The sciences each straining in its own direction have hitherto harmed us little but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality and of ourrightful position therein that we shall either go mad The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (Cat Who... from the revelation orlee Tempting Faith Di Napoli from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark ageHis conceptualization of Marxism Freudian psychoanalysis and Claude L vi Strauss anthropology as pseudo mythologies toill the void of Christianity is pretty useful however though exclusively pointed leftward He also has a ruthless chapter on modern spiritual replacements that will give some laughs if you roll your eyes that direction on occasion George Steiner died yesterday His brilliant and wise literary and cultural critiue will be greatly missed I have commented on his book Nostalgia or the Absolute here I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it irst appeared a couple of millennia ago 1974 75 It was important The Southern Belles of Honeysuckle Way for me in that it was only after reading it that Iirst ramed my own deeply rooted skepticism I agreed with Steiner up to the point of his discussion of scientific truth Then I took a large piec. 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 rom the decay of ormal religion He examines. ,