Archive for the ‘nihilism’ Category

human beings are of no matter or appreciable value in this nonchalant universe

February 4, 2014

human beings are of no matter or appreciable value in this nonchalant universe

Thomas Hardy, Preface to Moments of Vision

He wrote these poems to ‘mortify the human sense of self importance by showing, or suggesting, that human beings are of no matter or appreciable value in this nonchalant universe’. In other words, to dismantle the Judeo-Christian idea of the imago dei, the value of human beings.

Anyone who has read Jude the Obscure will recognise the despair his worldview evokes.

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Nihilism

September 9, 2009

What does nihilism mean? That the highest values devaluate themselves. The aim is lacking; “why?” finds no answer.

Radical nihilism is the conviction of an absolute untenability of existence when it comes to the highest values one recognizes; plus the realization that we lack the least right to posit a beyond or an in‑itself of things that might be “divine” or morality incarnate. This realization is a consequence of the cultivation of “truthfulness” ‑‑thus itself a consequence of the faith in morality.

Nietzsche, (Will to Power § 3)

Can’t live by nihilism

September 9, 2009

Yet whenever we set ourselves on a course of action, putting one foot in front of the other in other than a haphazard way, we are affirming a goal. We are affirming the value of a course of action…Thus we are not living by nihilism.

James W Sire, The Universe Next Door, p.103

Nihilism: Nothing is meaningful, and yet…

September 7, 2009

I proclaim that I believe in nothing and that everything is absurd, but I cannot doubt the validity of my proclamation and I must at least believe in my protest.

Albert Camus, The Rebel

A literature of despair is a contradiction in terms . . .In the darkest depths of nihilism I have sought only for the means to transcend nihilism.

Camus