Nostalgia for the Absolute by George Steiner

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Subjects:

  • Religious,
  • Philosophy,
  • PHI,
  • PHI022000,
  • Ethics & Moral Philosophy,
  • Philosophy / Criticism,
  • Religion / Philosophy,
  • Criticism

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SeriesMassey Lectures series
The Physical Object
FormatPaperback
Number of Pages68
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL8200506M
ISBN 100887845940
ISBN 109780887845949

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But the gods maybe have pity at last on the poor author sequestered there, struggling with his book, and eventually a serviceable first line is rendered from the .Restorative nostalgia does not think of itself as nostalgia, but rather as truth and tradition.

Reflective nostalgia dwells on the ambivalences of human longing and belonging and does not shy away from the contradictions of modernity. Restorative nostalgia protects the absolute truth, while reflective nostalgia calls it into doubt.

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