nihilism


nihilism
   Nihilism is literally the belief in nothing, that is, the rejection of everything. Few Western philosophers believe that nothing exists at all, though this view is attributed to some Eastern philosophers; 'nihilism' is usually used to denote the rejection of all moral values. Some have claimed that Nietzsche was a nihilist in this sense, but it seems in fact that Nietzsche did not reject all possible moral systems; he wanted a new morality to be invented. Some Christian philosophers have alleged that all atheistic worldviews are bound to collapse into moral nihilism, but this is not a logical consequence. Some nihilists have found nihilism to lead to despair; others have claimed that it provides true freedom. Christian philosophers, by contrast, claim that true freedom can be found only in a relationship with Jesus Christ, who not only brings freedom but also repels despair. Christian philosophy thus stands in sharp contrast to nihilism.
   See worldview
   Further reading: Edwards James C. 1990; Löwith 1995; Rosen 1969

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