Nihilism manifests itself in various contexts—for example, individual and collective, historical and psychological—and different expressions, for instance, ontological, epistemological, ethical, political, logical, theological. Its types are also variegated:
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These latter three appear in Deleuze, when he claims that the "higher man" is just a means for reactive men to deify themselves:
The prophet is a prophet... representative of passive nihilism, prophet of the last man... The ugliest of men represents reactive nihilism: the reactive man has turned his ressentiment against God, he has put himself in the place of the God he has killed (Nietzsche and philosophy p155)
What does each mean?