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  Center for Nihilist and Nihilism Studies @ nihil.org
Nihilism is "a belief in nothingness," and since most people live exclusively in fantasy (even if of a socially-prescribed and "scientifically"-justified type), they have little use for something that negates what they take for granted.
Nihilism is a belief in nothingness, which if interpreted from the human perspective in which it is defined, means a human nothingness; it is a recognition that human reality is secondary to the natural world and its laws and operations.
Nihilism is a rejection of individualism as an objective concept, and an affirmation of both (1) the objective world of events and objects, e.g.
www.nihil.org /nihilist/issue1/life   (1001 words)

 Nihilism [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.
While nihilism is often discussed in terms of extreme skepticism and relativism, for most of the 20th century it has been associated with the belief that life is meaningless.
As he predicted, nihilism's impact on the culture and values of the 20th century has been pervasive, its apocalyptic tenor spawning a mood of gloom and a good deal of anxiety, anger, and terror.
www.iep.utm.edu /n/nihilism.htm   (2620 words)

 Racial Nihilism
Racial nihilism is the opposite or antithesis of racial preservationism and conservationism.
Racial nihilism is the underlying ideology, psychological attitude or view of existence that provides the foundation for multiracialism by denying and rejecting racial rights and values, particularly the right of a race to life, independence, and the condition of separation required for both.
Racial nihilism, in its denial and rejection of the value and importance of race, racial diversity and racial existence, has made race a "bad" word, taboo for all but its priesthood, who are entrusted with its use or incantation solely for the purpose of promoting the racial nihilist agenda of racial destruction.
www.racialcompact.com /racialnihilism.html   (5075 words)

 Sergius Stepniak on Nihilism and Narodnichestvo
The common idea of nihilism confounds it with anarchism; and this chapter, by the famous and mysterious Russian author, Stepniak, is especially timely, in view of the new and apparently more powerful movement to overthrow or modify the government of that empire.
It is impossible not to see a close relationship between the early nihilism and the present militant one, in which the old spirit of personal independence is revived, joined this time with social feeling, urging the individual to sacrifice himself for the many who feel and suffer like himself.
It may be called social nihilism, as opposed to the individualistic, and was represented in 1860 by Nikolai Tchernyshevsky, the publicist, journalist, economist, and novelist, whose name is familiar to all those who have studied the Russian question.
www.shsu.edu /~his_ncp/Nihilism.html   (5785 words)

 Nihilism - LoveToKnow 1911
NIHILISM, the name commonly given to the Russian form of revolutionary Socialism, which had at first an academical character, and rapidly developed into an anarchist revolutionary movement.
It originated in the early years of the reign of Alexander II., and the term was first used by Turgueniev in his celebrated novel, Fathers and Children, published in 1862.
disturbances among the peasantry in some of the central rural districts; and the assassination of M. Sipiaguine, the minister of the interior, was a disquieting incident; but the illusions and enthusiasm which produced Nihilism in the young generation during the early years of the reign of Alexander II.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Nihilism   (2098 words)

Nihilism is far from the isolated, oddball, radical philosophy many consider it to be.
It is impossible to practice pure nihilism, yet that does not prove that nihilism is not "correct", nor does it prove that it is. The search for meaning and direction are part of being human, nihilists simply cannot fully escape that heritage.
Nihilism is a void that has nothing to say whatsoever about what should be done or what should not be done.
ws5.com /nihilism   (14279 words)

But essentially, Nihilism was a reaction against the abuses of Russian absolutism; it originated with the first secret political society in Russia founded by Pestel (1817), and its first effort was the military revolt of the Decembrists (14 Dec., 1825).
Nihilism did not penetrate the masses; its enthusiastic apostles committed acts of imprudence that drew upon them the ferocious reprisals of the Government; the peasants had not faith in the preachings of those teachers, whom, at times, they regarded as government spies, and whom, at times, they denounced.
The reign of Alexander III was guided by the dictates of a reaction, due in great measure to the counsels of Constantine Pobedonoscev, procurator general of the Holy Synod.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/11074a.htm   (1754 words)

 Nihilism in Action! | CounterOrder.com
Nihilism views rights as irrelevant because it's the underlying structures of morality and the roots of truth, myth and collective delusions that dictate significance.
Nihilism is an awareness that destruction is at least as important as construction, even more so when institutions have outlived their usefulness to become corrupt and unhealthy.
Nihilism is the organic logical response to artificial chaos, the intentional chaos manufactured by government, religion and mass-media.
www.nil.addr.com /nihilismaction.html   (4346 words)

 Nihilism - MSN Encarta
Nihilism (from Latin nihil, “nothing”), designation applied to various radical philosophies, usually by their opponents, the implication being that...
Nihilism: I proclaim that I believe in nothing and that…
Nihilism: What I am doing is to recount the history of the
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 Nihilism Applied.
Nihilism in action is demonstrated by the war against the lower classes, which conservatives promote.
This used to be the logic of the subject, until a new god came along and started changing all of the rules on the basis of nihilism.
Nihilism is a key element of the religion of the demons, which ruled human religion for at least five thousand years.
nov55.com /rel/nhp.html   (834 words)

The purpose of this webpage is therefore to provide a brief overview of the nihilism debate in contemporary anthropology, with a focus on the field of Chumash Studies.
But the current debate over nihilism in anthropology is only secondarily focused on religious intolerance and ethnocentricism among self-proclaimed 'objective' social scientists.
A growing concern is the philosophical nihilism among some professors in our graduate schools, whose cynicism towards ethics has influenced some of their graduates to take high paying jobs for developers and construct their findings according to the needs of their employers.
www.angelfire.com /id/newpubs/nihilism.html   (1653 words)

 Center for Nihilist and Nihilism Studies @ nihil.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Nihilism is the theory that meaning beyond the immanent is irrelevant.
The brand of nihilism that we advocate is not merely a flippant rejection of societal norms or an angry reaction caused by being powerless under the weight of a capitalistic society whose leaders alone determine values, potentials and human futures based on their economic reward to those in power.
Rather, our nihilism is a cautious and studied result in which every value asserted by society has been inspected and has never failed to ring hollow.
www.nihil.org   (237 words)

The extreme position of "metaphysical nihilism" leads to the extreme position of what we will call her, "existential nihilism." From the "absolute morality of the suprasensible" to the "absolute immorality of nature".
We have, therefore, a nihilism of "believers" as well as an "atheist" nihilism moving in diverse degrees and levels interpolating and confusing themselves in their resemblance and common nihilist longing.
Consequently, those "alternatives" proposed by an intellectuality under nihilism's anesthetic effects, and which cannot interpret nihilism as the effect itself of the old system that inevitably (re)produces it, are alternatives full of ressentiment, alien and neglecting the demanding needs of components of the social body.
www.leftcurve.org /LC22WebPages/nihilism.html   (6411 words)

 Escape from Nihilism
A fifth reason for nihilism was that disbelieving in God was a good way to get back at Him for the various things which predictably went wrong in my life after I had lost hold of Him.
A sixth reason for nihilism was that I had come to confuse science with a certain world view, one which many science writers hold but that really has nothing to do with science.
A seventh and reinforcing reason for nihilism was that for all of the other reasons, I had fallen under the spell of the nineteenth-century German writer Friedrich Nietzsche.
www.catholiceducation.org /articles/catholic_stories/cs0073.html   (3151 words)

Evil is promoted by that standard, and nihilism is what it is. Unbelievably, it is leaned and taught in society as if it were a virtue—so much so that it is the norm.
A technical definition of nihilism is not necessary, because the reference for it is a distinct phenomenon which can be observed and studied.
Science clarifies the problem of nihilism, because there are vast amounts of corruption flowing out of science, and the public does little to question it.
nov55.com /rel/nh.html   (587 words)

 Nihilism: Continental Philosophy at Canadian Content
Additional Information: "Nihilism is the belief that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.
Nihilism described, explained and conveniently shrink-wrapped for public distribution.
I`ve heard several refer to the nihilism that is now represented and growing in that underclass.
www.canadiancontent.net /dir/Top/Society/Philosophy/Continental_Philosophy/Nihilism   (714 words)

 Urban Dictionary: nihilism
Nietzsche is commonly associated with nihilism, although from what i've been able to figure out without actually studying it in school (while researching it in my spare time), he was not a nihilist himself.
There are many types of nihilism, and I do no justice to this philosophy by attempting to summarize it in one paragraph.
Nihilism allows the realization that modern life is flooded by useless social constructs, which don't really "exist".
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=nihilism   (1506 words)

The Webster's Dictionary definitions of nihilism that we will be using are that nihilism is a doctrine that - "beliefs are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless”, and a doctrine “that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths” ((c) 1997 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated).
If nihilism is correct, if life does end at death, it makes no difference whatsoever if we believe it is correct, or not.
There is no reason whatsoever not to search for an alternative to nihilism, to explore the possibility of a permanent physical or non-physical consciousness, to search for a reason for living.
ws5.com /nihilism/summary.htm   (9019 words)

 Nihilism - CGR Community
That is to say, its falsehood is plainly evident to each and every individual, and all our actions (even those of supposed nihilists) demonstrate our commitment to this obvious truth.
The fight betwixt those two is essentially a family squabble, and neither party is really addressing the fundamental concerns of unrestrained liberal capitalist democracy.
Second is the epistemological impossibility inherently contained in nihilism; if we cannot know anything, we cannot know that we know anything.
www.christianguitar.org /forums/showthread.php?t=61613   (710 words)

 Nihilism from 1860 to 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Nihilism is the understanding that all values are subjective.
While few philosophers would have the guts to be nihilists, nihilism is most often associated with Friedrich Nietzsche who argued that its corrosive effects would eventually destroy all religious, and metaphysical convictions and precipitate the greatest change in human history.
Finally by the year 2000, noisician GX Jupitter-Larsen uses nihilism as a motif in a fetishism that has "all answers being equally correct even when the answer isn't workable." If everything is meaningless, then anything can mean whatever you want it to.
www.stormloader.com /polywave   (2214 words)

 Are we entering the final stage of nihilism?
The question is, how far an opinion is life-furthering, life-preserving...” When such pragmatism begins, Nihilism passes into the Vitalist stage, which may be defined as the elimination of truth as the criterion of human action, and the substitution of a new standard: the “life-giving,” the “vital”; it is the final divorce of life from truth.
Since the uglier stages of Nihilism are logical outcomes of that abandonment of truth, Americans have NO philosophical basis with which to counteract radical expressions of Nihilism, which they still instinctively may have a distaste for.
Yes, but modern liberalism, which is reaching its culmination today in nihilism, had its beginnings in the rejection of Christianity in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
www.amnation.com /vfr/archives/001940.html   (1507 words)

 Wellek's critique of New Nihilism
The movement is not simply another fashion with a new vocabulary and a shift of focus but a self-proclaimed revolution that embraces nihilism as its basic philosophy.
But nihilism in this sense is only the philosophical background and ultimate consequence of their literary theory and criticism with which I am here concerned.
Pronouncements such as Hillis Miller’s on the “underlying nothingness”4 of all existence or even Paul de Man’s deeply personal statement that “the human self has experienced the void within itself as pure nothingness, our nothingness stated and restated by a subject that is the agent of its own instability,”5 express the basic mood.
www.the-rathouse.com /WellekNewNihilism.html   (2663 words)

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