Single Idea 7072

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 2. Nihilism]

Full Idea

Jacobi was the first to philosophically employ the concept of nihilism.

Gist of Idea

Jacobi was the first philosopher to talk of nihilism


report of Friedrich Jacobi (Letters to Fichte [1799]) by Simon Critchley - Continental Philosophy - V. Short Intro Ch.2

Book Reference

Critchley,Simon: 'Continental Philosophy - Very Short Intro' [OUP 2001], p.26

A Reaction

Critchley explains that it was Jacobi's fear that Fichte was drawing nihilist conclusions from Kant's philosophy. This fear may be seen as the beginning of what is loosely called 'continental philosophy'. A worthy subject for thinkers...