The Specter of the Absurd: Sources and Criticisms of Modern Nihilism
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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Experiencing the Absurd
Types of Nihilism
Arguments About God Nature Suffering and Time
Arguments About Reason Will and Other Persons
Anthropocentrism Externality of Value and Religion As Theism
Gods AllSeeing Eye Search for Certainty and Deprecation of the World
CorrespondenceSubstance and the Hegemony of Science
Truth Through Method and Seeds of Nihilism in the Thought of Descartes
absolute absolute idealism absurd action afterlife argues argument Aristotle aspects assumed assumption atheism awareness basis belief causal certainty certitude Chapter character Christian claims completely conceived concept conclusion consciousness context cosmic criticism culture death Descartes Descartes's discussed distinction dualism epistemological ethical existence existential nihilism experience fact foundationalist freedom fundamental give Hegel hegemony of science Hobbes human Hume idea ideal implicit important individual insistence interpretation Kant Kant's kind knowledge lives mathematical meaning meaningful metaphysical method mind modern moral nihilism natural science negative freedom Nietzsche Nietzsche's nihilistic nominalistic objective one's outlook past persons perspectives philosophy possible present principles problem purely question radical rational reality reason relations religious role Sartre Sartre's Schopenhauer scientific scientific method scientific reductionism scientism sense significance simply social solipsism source of nihilism Stirner subjectivism subjectivist suffering theory things thinkers thinking thought tradition truth understanding universe Wolf Larson