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23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 2. Nihilism

[human life seems pointless and absurd]

15 ideas
Jacobi was the first philosopher to talk of nihilism [Critchley on Jacobi]
The freedom of the subject means the collapse of moral certainty [Critchley on Nietzsche]
Nietzsche says facing up to the eternal return of meaninglessness is the response to nihilism [Critchley on Nietzsche]
Nihilism results from measuring the world by our categories which are purely invented [Nietzsche]
Initially nihilism was cosmic, but later Nietzsche saw it as a cultural matter [Ansell Pearson on Nietzsche]
Nietzsche urges that nihilism be active, and will nothing itself [Zizek on Nietzsche]
The greatest experience possible is contempt for your own happiness, reason and virtue [Nietzsche]
The pointless of our motives and irrelevance of our gestures reveals our vacuity [Cioran]
Evidence suggests that humans do not have a purpose [Cioran]
The universe is dirty and fragile, as if a scandal in nothingness had produced its matter [Cioran]
If we believe existence is absurd, this should dictate our conduct [Camus]
Happiness and the absurd go together, each leading to the other [Camus]
If a small brief life is absurd, then so is a long and large one [Nagel]
Life is only absurd if you expected an explanation and none turns up [Graham]
Perceiving meaninglessness is an achievement, which can transform daily life [Critchley]