Friday, May 9, 2008

Nihilism, Nihilists, and Nihilistic Philosophy

Nihilism is not so much a school of philosophy as it is a general trend or attitude in philosophy, moral philosophy, and politics. What all forms of nihilism share in common is a sense that some basic facets of life - be it morality or structures of political authority - are in reality baseless and without genuine substance. Although nihilism may seem at first to be a very negative perspective, nihilists themselves would be quick to dismiss such a conclusion.