book: Steiner, George 1 jan 1989

Real Presences

Is there anything in what we say?

"Real Presences" argues that any understanding of the nature of language is based on the assumption of God's presence, and discusses the influence of this on literary criticism.

Can there be major dimensions of a poem, a painting, a musical composition created in the absence of God? Or, is God always a real presence in the arts? Steiner passionately argues that a transcendent reality grounds all genuine art and human communication.

"A real tour de force. . . . All the virtues of the author's astounding intelligence and compelling rhetoric are evident from the first sentence onward."-Anthony C. Yu, Journal of Religion.


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