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How does master morality damage the herd?

I think I've figured out, kinda, I'm just a little crazy, what master morality is. Does Nietzsche ever suggest that it is irrevocably damaging to the herd, that it can seduce them, and in what sense ...
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Has any philosopher, ever, claimed that the life of some people is of no value whatsoever?

Has any philosopher, ever, claimed that the life of some people is of no value whatsoever? Not just that someone is e.g. dangerous, but some people can have no moral claim whatsoever to life? ...
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How does Nietzsche's last man refuse life?

The way Nietzsche talks about the last man suggests that they are concerned with making life more bearable, and not much else. A little poison now and then: that makes for pleasant dreams. And ...
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Does human progress ultimately reduce individuals to Nietzsche's last men?

Human progress – technological, scientific, social, etc. – seeks to reduce, and ultimately totally eliminate, the aspects of life we perceive as unpleasant – loss, tragedy, suffering ... However, an ...
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Has anyone made a good defence of Nietzsche's nihilism being available to Christians?

I've read, in the mainstream press, suggestions that Christians have a lot to learn from Nietzsche. Is there any reason to think that his corpus is dedicated to improving, rather than destroying, ...
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Which contemporary philosophers explicitly engage with Nietzsche's statement that “God is dead”?

Which contemporary theorists, especially of art or poetry, explicitly and deliberately engage with Nietzsche's statement that "God is dead"? Obviously Nietzsche has had a huge influence on post / ...
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Why do people who subscribe to self-refuting philosophies still argue with others?

The belief that everything is relative is obviously self-refuting, because it holds to an absolute. However, in my experience, people who believe this (or some form of it) such as some Buddhists and ...
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What are some good books about existential philosophy?

I recently have gained a lot of interest in philosophy and have especially taken to Nietzsche's work and ideas. I am reading philosophy to understand on a more personal level to lead a more fulfilled ...
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Death and Nietzsche's eternal return

Does Nietzsche's eternal return mean that everything, including the person that you are, repeats itself after death. Assuming this is physically improbable, is it possible to make sense of it as a ...
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Death drive and aggression [closed]

It struck me just then that the internet is a tiny bit like a blossoming Brave New World, except Eros or sex is pretty much stayed inalienable, and a powerful force. Whereas non physical aggression ...
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Does Heidegger suggest that authenticity is an alternative to a genealogy of morals?

I read Being and TIme by Heidegger but some 10 years ago now. I remember this section, because of its somewhat fascist overtones, and had another look at it (out of context) today. Page 386 of that ...
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How would you explain the is-ought dichotomy to an “Objectivist”?

I've recently met someone who identifies as an "Objectivist." I'm a moral nihilist, so naturally I asked about the is-ought problem. His response was frustrating. He claims that Rand avoids the ...
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The ending of Ray Brassier's Nihil Unbound

I gave up on this book, By the second chapter I had no idea how the argument was meant to be working. Frustrating, as usually I can reconstruct something or other: perhaps the issue here was my lack ...
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How do moral nihilists and realists define “morality”? [closed]

According to Wikipedia, Moral nihilism (also known as ethical nihilism) is the meta-ethical view that nothing is intrinsically moral or immoral. While Moral realism (also ethical realism) ...
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Joy accompanies, joy does not move

In Will to Power, Nietzsche wrote that joy accompanies, joy does not move This claim strikes me as false. Behind this seems to be the idea that power rather happiness motivates us. But I think ...
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Why and how is Camus “against nihilism”?

I see in several sources that Camus is "against nihilism"(though there are also a few which state he utilizes elements of nihilism), however, (Sorry for referring to Wikipedia. Didn't have enough ...
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Does any “nihilist” philosopher nevertheless place value on synthesizing nihility [closed]

Theodor Adorno opens his treatise on negative dialectics with the statement that "[it] is a phrase that flouts tradition. As early as Plato, dialectics meant to achieve something positive by ...
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Introduction to Nihilism

What are some good basic texts to study on Nihilism on your own. I am interested in knowing philosophy of Nihilism.
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Could it be possible that the universe doesn't exist?

Could it be possible that the universe doesn't exist? That nothing exists, not even you or me? And by not existing, I mean totally not existing, as in not even existing as a computer simulation, or a ...
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What did Camus mean when he wrote “All thoughts are anthropomorphic”?

I am currently reading the Myth of Sisyphus and I came across the following: All thoughts are anthropomorphic My Interpretation Prior to reading this, I had no idea what "anthropomorphic" ...
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Arguments for moral realism?

I would like to hear some good arguments for moral realism. Most that I find online is based on "If you don't believe in objective values, then murder is okay". While this might seem frightening, I ...
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What, for Nietzsche, is a noble death?

This thread Why is Nietzsche so against Socrates? on Socrates and Jesus's death and the article that I linked to there, got me glibly wondering... In Human, All to Human, Nietzsche says that How ...
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Moral nihilism?

I have two main worries, which are drawn from Nagel and Mackay for their expression, though I think I agree with neither of these philosophers. First I will sketch my idea about right and wrong, ...
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Existentialism in relation to Roberto Unger's Beyond Nihilism

Roberto Mangabeira Unger's series of talks Beyond Nihilism sorts historical religions and other -isms (democracy, liberalism, socialism, romantizism etc.) eloquently into three orientations, namely ...
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what lies beyond absurdity?

What should I read to break out of the endless loop that brings me back to the absurdity of (my?) perceived reality? (I'm not talking on a human scale but on an endless time scale) If the question has ...
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What is a Nihilist and a Buddhist point of view on music and other forms of entertainment?

From what I know, Buddhism seeks to detach from every form of pleasure and craving, listening to music could be seen as a way of not being present in the moment, but I'm sure they too can enjoy music. ...
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Can nihilists reject Kantian necessitation without also rejecting free will?

To me, the rejection of free will seems so useless that it is not even worth seriously considering. However, the existence of free will does seem to necessitate a normative standard by which certain ...
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Does nihilism deny that any objective value ever existed or just now?

I read that the viewpoint of nihilism denies the existence of objective values and meaning. But does it also say that the values never existed, never can or will exist or just that these values don't ...
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Doesn't nihilism contradict itself?

Doesn't nihilism contradict itself? I mean, and correct me if I am wrong, nihilism say there is no meaning and no value to it all. But saying so it is making an affirmation which has value and ...
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How is it possible to re-apply subjective meaning to any belief given a starting point of Pessimistic Naturalism: Nihilism [closed]

Can we assume that meaning is relevant to the person who holds that meaning? As in meaning is relative? Therefor even though elements in my life do have meaning to me (friends, family, art) I find it ...