The Banalization of Nihilism: Twentieth-Century Responses to Meaninglessness

SUNY Press, 1 jan 1992 - 196 pagina's
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After a historical and conceptual overview of the changing face of nihilism in the last century, Carr examines Nietzsche's diagnosis of nihilism as modernity's major crisis. She then compares the responses to nihilism given by the early Karl Barth and by Richard Rorty.

To some, nihilism is losing its crisis connotations and becoming simply an unobjectionable characteristic of human life. Carr argues that this transformation ultimately absolutizes community preference and reflects an increasing inability to criticize and change the existing structures of thought. The author contends that the uncritical acceptance of nihilism, which characterizes much of postmodernism, ironically culminates in its complete opposite--dogmatism.

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The Problem of Nihilism
Understanding Nihilism
Nihilism and Crisis
Nietzsche and the Crisis of Nihilism
Karl Barth and the Theology of Crisis
Richard Rorty and the Dissolution of Crisis
The Resolution of Nihilism
Discontented versus Unrepentant Nihilists

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Karen L. Carr is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lawrence University.

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