How would a good nihilist respond to pity from another, given that God is dead? Even if one approves of the motive and action, that's got to be quite the head-ache for any self respecting nihilist.

  • God lives and is the very source of life. According to IEP, "Some interpreters of Nietzsche believe he [...] rejected philosophical reasoning, [...] while not being concerned with gaining truth and knowledge in the traditional sense of those terms." Therefore, his assertion that God is dead should not be taken as having any basis in fact, and there's also good reason to believe that he didn't actually believe it himself. – user3017 Oct 4 '17 at 14:05
  • The idea of a "self respecting nihilist" is self-contradictory, because self respect is a value judgement. For the same reason, it doesn't make sense to think of Nietzsche as a nihilist because he was very vocal about making value judgements. Maintaining any sort of values is also logically inconsistent with atheism because of the naturalistic fallacy. – user3017 Oct 4 '17 at 14:28
  • @PédeLeão ah whether or not we call Nietzsche a nihilist as he did is beside the point i hoped for my question – user28660 Oct 4 '17 at 15:24
  • Understood. However, I believe the answer is very simple: a true nihilist would do his best to answer indifferently in order not to betray the fact that he actually makes value judgements—kind of the way a toaster would respond to having bread inserted in its slots. Any other reaction would be inconsistent with his claims. – user3017 Oct 4 '17 at 15:38
  • @PédeLeão cheers for the Reply. i'm drunk – user28660 Oct 5 '17 at 6:01

I don't think your question makes any sense given the fact nihilists themselves rarely consider any outside emotional reactions to their beliefs from 3rd parties and even another nihilist can be considered a 3rd party. The idea behind nihilism is that one can deny the value of virtually everything including thyself, therefore, prescribing any value to anything, including pity, doesn't "fly" well within nihilism.

In such circumstances one wouldn't bother too much to deny the intention behind everything (including pity) even from someone who could be considered a comrade. In the sense nihilism is used in philosophy today it makes it possible for a person to respond negatively to any emotion, even the ones who are positive when directed at him/her. This is why a "good nihilist" shouldn't have any problems denying the intentions of any other party including other nihilists and be able to live up to the promises of this worldview without any kind of "head-ache".

P.S. However, the question remains is such a worldview really something worth adhering to? I personally wouldn't advice for nihilism but it's probably the only philosophy able to deny everything thrown at its prescribers, so questions like yours user3293056 really don't make any sense to a "self respecting nihilist".

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