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Word Origin and History for nihilism =
1817, "the doctrine of negation" (in reference to religion or morals), fromGerman Nihilismus, from Latin nihil "nothing at all", coined byGerman philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743-1819).
In philosophy,an extreme form of skepticism (1836). The political sense was first usedby German journalist Joseph von Görres (17761848). Turgenev used theRussian form of the word ( nigilizm) in "Fathers and Children" (1862) andclaimed to have invented it. With a capital N-, it refers to the Russianrevolutionary anarchism of the period 1860-1917, supposedly so calledbecause "nothing" that then existed found favor in their eyes.
Nihilism is the total rejection of established laws and institutions, total and absolute destructiveness,
especially toward the world atlarge and including oneself:
Nihilism from the Latin nihil, nothing) is a philosophical doctrine that suggests the negation of one or more putatively meaningful aspects of life. Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. Moral nihilists assert that morality does not inherently exist, and that any established moral values are abstractly contrived. Nihilism can also take epistemological or ontological/metaphysical forms, meaning respectively that, in some aspect, knowledge is not possible, or that reality does not actually exist.
Political nihilism, a branch of nihilism, follows the characteristic nihilist's rejection of non-rationalized or non-proven assertions; in this case the necessity of the most fundamental social and political structures, such as government, family, and law. An influential analysis of political nihilism is presented by Leo Strauss.
Weekly live webcast/podcast devoted to discussion of news and politics from the perspective of Ayn Rand's philosophy, Objectivism. Hosted by Amy Peikoff.
Today we'll discuss the unfortunately pervasive effects of nihilism seen in this week's news. From the destructiveness of Hamas and whoever shot down a Malaysian passenger plane this week, to our President's shameful response to the latter, and even to the structure of player contracts in basketball and the politicization of classic superheroes in comics. See Program Notes at www.dontletitgo.com for links to all the stories, etc., we plan to discuss.
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Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh answered questions on nihilism, radical honesty, poor effort in a terrible job, and more in this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
Question 1: What is philosophic nihilism?
Question 2: Should people be 'radically honest'?
Question 3: Is it wrong for a person to do less than his best at work?
Question 4: What is the purpose of exchanging gifts during the holidays?
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This episode of Pneumatkos will explore the necessity of the biblical message. The world is in deep crisis. Wisdom has vanished and empty banal rhetoric has replaced truth. Manipulated viewpoint dominates the world, and the only one who offers sanity and wholeness is Theos. The world has played the game of Faust and sold its soul to the one who shatters souls. Biblical hope is founded upon the character of God.
What's shaking, folks! Welcome to another fact finding expedition commonly known as The Mid Week in Review, courtesy of Afronerd Radio. Setting your clocks for 7:30pm will enable you to listen to your hosts, Capt. Kirk and Dburt wax on the following issues: our thoughts on the latest installment of the reimagined sci-fi franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (i.e. the racial underpinnings, the 50+ history dating back to the French novel, future sequels, etc) ; a rookie NJ police officer gets killed in an ambush and his killer's wife wishes he killed more cops; some Chicago activists are accusing President Obama of kowtowing to the Latin community regarding undocumented youth crossing the southern border versus addressing the Black victims of urban violence in the Windy City and lastly, a young woman of color has started a crowdfunding campaign requesting 135K in an effort to gain "White privilege" (really?....no campaign for ceasing urban violence or addressing regressive Black imagery?). You can call the hosts live at 646-915-9620.
The most important thing to remember during sex is that rhythm is a dancer. Although Corinne's a little rundown from all the mouse murdering she's been doing in her new digs and Krystyna's addiction to Sesame Chicken has reached new heights, the girls of Sorry About Last Night have rallied yet again to bring you answers to some of life's most harrowing questions such as the age-old TO SWALLOW...OR NOT TO SWALLOW? This week we meet freshly fucked JOE, a member of the Shaved Generation, who has been making out with Corinne since New Year's Eve 2012. Joe and Corinne share that special kind of disconnect that sits in only the numbest of hearts and Krystyna is only too happy to be the sole witness at the signing of their no-strings-attached friendly fuck treaty. TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE: 17-year-old sex, nose ring sex, jack hammer sex, holiday sex, lying to your mom FOR THE RIGHT REASONS, Hillary Rodham Clinton + that time Krystyna and Corinne HELD (not threw) a party. And, yes, Corinne now knows Nihilism isn't the religion where you can't kill stuff. That's Jainism. So spare her the condescending E-mails.
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This episode of Pneumatikos explores the necessity of objective moral absolutes in the post-modern world of digital ethics, and moral nihilism.
The cult of the self is hastening the demise of western culture. The biblical documents have the answer to a moral foundation that makes sense.
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In the wake of Obamacare's early failures and deceits, James talks about how failure on its own will not teach people the impracticality of government intrusion. We conclude the Halloween seires with a presentation on nihilism in Libertarianism and how liberty is a positive goal rather than just the negation of government.