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What Nihilism Is Not

What Nihilism Is Not

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What Is Nihilism?

Nihil means “nothing.” -ism means “ideology.” But this seems to be self-refuting. To say that this means that someone “believes in nothing” is not really helpful, as believing in something suggests there is something to be believed in, but if that something is nothi...

Nihilism versus Pessimism

If optimism is hopefulness, then pessimism is hopelessness. Pessimism is dark and depressing. But it is not nihilism.

To be with a pessimist is to know that you are with a pessimist. But you can be with a nihilist and have no idea. Indeed you could yourself be a nihilist and have no idea. S...

Nihilism Vs Cynicism

Today, a cynic is someone who looks down on society and sees it as fake, because the cynic sees the people who make up society as fake. He believes that morality is a mere pretense and people act on their own self-interest even when they seem to be helping other people. 

Cynicism, like pess...

Nihilism Is Closer To Idealism Than Cynicism

The idealists constructs an alternate reality, a reality of ideas. As the idealist focuses more and more on how reality ought to be, the idealist becomes less and less concerned with how reality is

The utopian views of the idealist may be more compelling than the dystopi...

Nihilism Vs Apathy

To be apathetic is to be without feeling, to be without desire. To be apathetic is to be seen as not caring about anything. The apathetic individual feels nothing. But it is not nihilism. 

Apathy can be an attitude (“I don’t care about that”) or a character trait (“I don’t care abo...

Pity is nihilistic insofar as it allows us to evade reality, by allowing us to feel that we are better than we are and better than those in need. 

The morality of pity drives us to feel pity and to feel good for feeling pity. Having such feelings is worse than feeling nothing. If we feel go...

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