Lessons of the Masters (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)

Lessons of the Masters (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures)

George Steiner


When we speak about schooling this day, we have a tendency to keep away from the rhetoric of "mastery," with its erotic and inegalitarian overtones. however the charged own come upon among grasp and disciple is strictly what pursuits George Steiner during this publication, a sustained mirrored image at the infinitely advanced and refined interaction of energy, belief, and passions within the so much profound kinds of pedagogy. according to Steiner's Norton Lectures at the artwork and lore of training, Lessons of the Masters inspires a bunch of exemplary figures, together with Socrates and Plato, Jesus and his disciples, Virgil and Dante, Heloise and Abelard, Tycho Brahe and Johann Kepler, the Baal Shem Tov, Confucian and Buddhist sages, Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, Nadia Boulanger, and Knute Rockne.

Pivotal within the unfolding of Western tradition are Socrates and Jesus, charismatic masters who left no written teachings, based no faculties. within the efforts in their disciples, within the ardour narratives encouraged through their deaths, Steiner sees the beginnings of the inward vocabulary, the encoded recognitions of a lot of our ethical, philosophical, and theological idiom. He is going directly to give some thought to a various array of traditions and disciplines, habitual all through to 3 underlying subject matters: the master's strength to use his student's dependence and vulnerability; the complementary hazard of subversion and betrayal of the mentor via his scholar; and the reciprocal alternate of belief and love, of studying and guide among grasp and disciple.

Forcefully written, passionately argued, Lessons of the Masters is itself a masterly testomony to the excessive vocation and threatening dangers undertaken through real instructor and learner alike.

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