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How come nihilism is so popular today?

While I'm not entirely convinced of the premises of the question, in general people seek out philosophies that address conditions of life as they experience it. In the marketplace of ideas, a ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

I can think of 2 reasons: Naturalism is the philosophy most promoted in public schools. With some exceptions, people tend to stick with what they're taught in school. Believing in a supernatural ...
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Is faith necessary for man to survive / why is existentialism valued if it is unsubstantiated?

The short answer is No. A slightly longer one is this; I know many atheists who lead highly moral lives, not because they believe they'll go to hell if they don't, but because they want to. On the ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

Jacob Ross, Rejecting Ethical Deflationism,' Ethics 116, 2006: 742–68 defines nihilism as : ▻ NIHILISM - DEFINITION '...the view that the notions of good and bad and of right and wrong are ...
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Is faith necessary for man to survive / why is existentialism valued if it is unsubstantiated?

I will focus on answering these questions in your addendum Is no view of the world any more legitimate than the other? Are Tolstoy’s beliefs any more valid than my own, even if I have less of a ...
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Is faith necessary for man to survive / why is existentialism valued if it is unsubstantiated?

I would say the answer is yes, but with the addendum that the faith need not be in god or a higher power. As we go through life we have faith that certain things will happen. The sun will rise, the ...
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I am confused regarding my beliefs

I disagree with your self-assessment. You seem to have a clear idea of what you believe. You believe in "god". You think that there is some great power in the universe (or of the universe)...
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Is faith necessary for man to survive / why is existentialism valued if it is unsubstantiated?

Do I need faith not to slump into nihilistic despair? Is life as tragic as it's being painted out to be by these people? Tolstoy argues yes. Below is my attempt to explain his argument, since I think ...
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Is faith necessary for man to survive / why is existentialism valued if it is unsubstantiated?

Is it really true that life is this bleak? By way of answering your question - no, this is not true. Life is neither bleak nor non-bleak, because neither life nor anything else (except for abstract ...
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I am confused regarding my beliefs

I can share my experience with you, in the hope that it might help you calibrate your views. I was born and raised in a Catholic community, attending schools that were staffed by priests and nuns, and ...
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Does extreme nihilism endorse suicidal behavior?

It is not an extreme form of nihilism to believe that there is no purpose for existence, that is just what nihilism is. Yes, it may be hard to believe, but nihilists really believe that there is ...
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What's the best way to deal with nihilism?

Ahh, you are where I was a few years ago :) .. A good way to deal with nihilism would be to contrast it with the diametrically opposite possibility. A situation where there is perfect meaning to life,...
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I am confused regarding my beliefs

The opposite of Religion is not Nihilism. You do not need to be afraid to change your opinion (disregarding the social issues you might be facing in your country, of course) out of the fear of "...
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Would it be possible to convince a hungry alien species that human lives are valuable?

IMO the only attempt is to argue with Kant's Categorical Imperative: Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law. And to point out ...
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Was Nietzsche against hedonism?

Yes, Nietzsche would be against it. The crux of Nietzsche attitude towards utilitarianism/hedonism/"English psychology" in general is the problem of suffering. Nietzsche thinks it makes sense to ...
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Do humans need some agency over the world around them for their lives to have some sense or purpose?

Your question is philosophical in the broader sense of the pursuit of eudaimonia. I think a number of philosophical traditions, such as Taoism or Confucianism, have means of dealing with this. I'll ...
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I am confused regarding my beliefs

We are all raised into some belief, whether intentionally or not. Society is built upon mutual shared assumptions about the world around us and our place in it. As we grow, it is up to each of us to ...
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I am confused regarding my beliefs

The collapse of faith in a particular religious worldview often causes psychological distress. Your feeling that you are turning into a nihilist is common for people in your circumstances. The term ...
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If there are evil acts and intentions, then are there evil people?

Here is a different perspective: "No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks." The quote is by Mary Wollstonecraft. She was the mother of ...
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What's the best way to deal with nihilism?

The work of the thinkers and writers we typically classify as "existentialist" (although few of them loved the term), Kierkegaard, Sartre, Dostoevsky, Camus, de Beauvoir, and so forth, can be viewed ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

This answer is just speculation Why it is popular: People enjoy it. They can act how ever they please because immorality is impossible. It also makes them feel intellectually superior with no more ...
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Does postmodernism entail nihilism?

Postmodernism is an abstraction. There are only postmodern theorists; and if we look at the major postmodern theorists we find a definite, non-nihilistic ethical dimension to their work. The following ...
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What is the point of Human Existence?

It is very possible that there is no 'point' to human existence, if by that you mean some absolute purpose. Humans have evolved an in-built sense of purpose to survive and procreate. However, the good ...
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What is the point of Human Existence?

I offer a very Buddhist perspective. Let's get straight to the point - we don't know if life has a point or not. May be a thousand years from now, a person will read your question, this thread, the ...
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What is the point of Human Existence?

I will be answering this question from the perspective of a nihilistic layman. I believe from a truly nihilistic perspective "What is the point of human existence" implies there is a point, ...
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Do humans need some agency over the world around them for their lives to have some sense or purpose?

You're making a whole lot of (in some cases rather offensive and harmful) unsupported assertions about what can and can not give other people purpose and fulfillment, and very questionable claims ...
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Nietzsche a Reluctant or Triumphant Atheist?

Nietzsche does not seem to rejoice in the reality of atheism in any of his works. He doesn't seem to regret it either (as it just is). As to nihilism, he saw it as a crisis, a crisis that must be ...
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Does extreme nihilism endorse suicidal behavior?

"Only optimists commit suicide, optimists who no longer succeed at being optimists, the rest with no reason to live, why would they have any to die?" (Emil Cioran) Nihilism doesn't always deprive ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

I find that most modern quirks can be attributed to globalism yes, but specifically the internet. The internet provides exposure to elements you usually would not see. If you are of the same mind as ...
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