The Specter of the Absurd: Sources and Criticisms of Modern Nihilism

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SUNY Press, 1988 - Philosophy - 456 pages
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This book is our century's most comprehensive and wise treatment of nihilism in all of its guises, comparing favorably with Rosen, Cavell, and indeed with Spengler. Crosby argues that our culture is genuinely haunted by nihilism expressing itself in the fideism of fundamentalism as well as in the debilitating alienation from all orientation. This results from a one-sided development of Western culture. The force of the argument derives from its comprehensive, cumulative character. Crosby distinguishes and relates five areas of nihilism: political, moral, epistemological, cosmic, and existential. Throughout the book, he illustrates and examines these as they are expressed in literature and art, in daily life and practical affairs, and in philosophy. The book is richly erudite in its marshalling of consciousness from so many domains.
  

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Contents

Experiencing the Absurd
1
Types of Nihilism
8
Arguments About God Nature Suffering and Time
38
Arguments About Reason Will and Other Persons
76
Anthropocentrism Externality of Value and Religion As Theism
122
Gods AllSeeing Eye Search for Certainty and Deprecation of the World
137
CorrespondenceSubstance and the Hegemony of Science
174
Truth Through Method and Seeds of Nihilism in the Thought of Descartes
200
The Subjectivist Turn in Epistemology Philosophy of Language and Ethics
241
SocialPolitical Individualism Fact Value Dichotomy and Primacy of Will
288
The Case Against Nihilism Lessons and Refutations
352
Notes
381
Bibliography
417
Index of Names
439
Index of Subjects
448
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Donald A. Crosby is Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University.

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