The Banalization of Nihilism: Twentieth-Century Responses to Meaninglessness

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SUNY Press, 1 jan. 1992 - 196 pagina's
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
1
Understanding Nihilism
13
Nihilism and Crisis
23
Nietzsche and the Crisis of Nihilism
25
Karl Barth and the Theology of Crisis
51
Richard Rorty and the Dissolution of Crisis
85
The Resolution of Nihilism
117
Discontented versus Unrepentant Nihilists
119
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Karen L. Carr is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Lawrence University.

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