“To fill the central emptiness …”

“Unless I read the evidence wrongly, the political and philosophic history of the West during the past 150 years can be understood as a series of attempts – more or less conscious, more or less systematic, more or less violent – to fill the central emptiness left by the erosion of theology.”

– George Steiner, Nostalgia for the Absolute (Toronto, 1974), p. 2

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