I was reading through some past threads about nihilism and I've always been facinated with the concept. Taking a quote from an earlier thread (which was taken from a dictionary)-
"Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. It is often associated with extreme pessimism and a radical skepticism that condemns existence. A true nihilist would believe in nothing, have no loyalties, and no purpose other than, perhaps, an impulse to destroy. While few philosophers would claim to be nihilists, nihilism is most often associated with Friedrich Nietzsche who argued that its corrosive effects would eventually destroy all moral, religious, and metaphysical convictions and precipitate the greatest crisis in human history."
The questions I have are-
Why can't a nihilist be pessimistic and skeptical about existance but still lead a life with morals and principals (just to coexist with society)?
Why do they have to have an impulse to destroy? Just because in their view life has no meaning or value doesn't mean they would have an impulse to destroy. Why not have an impulse to create? (to pass the time)
It makes some sense to me that a lot can not be known or communicated, can a nihilist live among society and be a productive member?
Let me know what you think! I'm still wresting with the concept and it seems like great discussion material.:a-ok:
I never looked at it that way. Thats a very good interpretation. I was reading that statement and taking it for face value.
If that is the case, why aren't people warming up to nihilists? That analogy makes sense but nihilism still seems to get a bad reputation and gets related to laziness and sin.
I don't think nihilism is a possible position to hold. I don't know how anyone actually denies all values.
Yes I think someone has been playful, no one would idenitfy with the defination above unless they just wanted attention. To me the essence, and benifit of nihilism is in realizing that the physcial world is indeed without meaning period, it is without meaning in the absence of a subject which through the subjects biological experience of the physcial world and its feelings about that experience, the subject then bestows meaning on a passive world. Nihilism can be benifical, it can show us that as individuals we must create the meaning in their own lives, because ultimately that is the only way it happens. People get all excited about nihilism as defined above, it just silly, I think I am a nihilist because I know that it is up to me to bestow meaning and value to the things around me. I am the creator, I said there would be light, and there was light, and it was good, and it was good that it was good, and I stomped on that f---ing talking snake.
Well, if the physical world is indeed without meaning, and meaning can only be bestowed upon the world by a conscious subject, I think in realizing that, it is therapeutic. Children show know this at a very early age.
I agree. It might prevent depression, and stop the trend of kids playing video games 24/7. Would you recommend nihilism to a bipolar, or is there really any kinda "commitment"?
Well, if the physical world is indeed without meaning, and meaning can only be bestowed upon the world by a conscious subject, I think in realizing that, it is therapeutic.
That sounds more like Existentialism than Nihilism.
Nihilism is a descriptive term. I don't think anyone wakes up one morning and says, "I have decided to be a Nihilist."