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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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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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Do all religions summarise into the same principle?

No, it is not true that all religions can be summarized as a single principle. What principle would that be? Belief in an afterlife or immortality of the soul There are religions that have no such ...
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Are most philosophers atheists, monotheists, polytheists or what?

According to the philpapers survey, 78% of the participating philosophers said they accept or lean towards atheism. 14% accept or lean towards theism, and the rest went into 'Other' with 12.6%. You ...
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Why is the non-aesthetic position on art not absorbed by society?

In your question, you lay out some qualities someone who accepts the non-aesthetic position on art might have. An artist who is non-aesthetic is not concerned with producing something the majority of ...
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Is there a connection between modern colonialism and secularism?

Speaking from a pure political philosophy perspective, this question centers on the difference between the concept 'nation' and the concept 'state.' Technically, a nation is a (loosely) self-governing ...
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Have any philosophers applied the concept of "underdetermination" to non-scientific contexts?

Underdetermination by evidence does not pose a threat to scientific theories, it only poses a threat to realistic interpretation of scientific theories. In other words, empirical adequacy of ...
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How was the rationale for Nazism built up in the academia (especially the philosophy departments)?

I am also concerned about some recent social movements in Western countries. They can be seen as reactions to the displacements caused by information technologies and economic globalization. This is ...
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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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Do all religions summarise into the same principle?

If Google is correct and there are roughly 10,000 distinct religions worldwide, it makes sense to be very wary of any answers which profess to know what 'all religions' say. It would also make sense ...
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Why is the non-aesthetic position on art not absorbed by society?

It's important to note that there do exist artists doing new and innovative things in art, and theorists are still creating new theories. But in general, your question is in some ways its own answer. ...
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How was the rationale for Nazism built up in the academia (especially the philosophy departments)?

You can see : Hans Sluga, Heidegger's Crisis: Philosophy and Politics in Nazi Germany (1993). Nazi's regime produced "consensus" and "legitimation", promoting academic philosophers and intellectuals ...
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What would Adorno and Horkheimer say about modern pornography?

The question is interesting although it is difficult to answer from the position of the two mentioned philosophers and perhaps too complicated for this site and format. Modern mass/popular culture ...
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How was the rationale for Nazism built up in the academia (especially the philosophy departments)?

It seems that a very plausible rationale was set rolling, within the academia, right from the middle of the 19th century, that ultimately somewhat legitimized the political environment in the 1930s-...
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What are the reasons for taboos in a society?

The traditional role of a taboo is prohibition of an action, not of discussion, but the two are often mixed when the term is used loosely, see e.g. Gao's study of English "taboo" words. ...
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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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How come nihilism is so popular today?

The way paradigms shift quickly in modern times is likely even more a cause than an enabling factor. Whoever has seen multiple contradicting views on one matter being accepted, then debunked, as ...
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Is there an African philosophy?

The very question: "Is there an African philosophy?" is a subject of debate among philosophers from Africa. Upon investigation you will find the situation far more involved than a 'yes/no' answer. ...
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Does Edward Said offer a solution to Orientalism and could a possible solution relate to Charles Taylors term "Politics of Recognition?

The last chapter of Orientalism only touches briefly on possible solutions. The book is more concerned with an exposition of Orientalism than with suggesting an alternative. Edward Said writes (p. 325)...
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Do all religions summarise into the same principle?

Do all religions summarize into the same principle? There are probably several unifying ideas that are common to all religions. Let me offer one: No one ever dies, really. By this statement I mean ...
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Do all religions summarise into the same principle?

Let me tell you a rather famous joke that was voted best religious joke. Its author is Emo Philips. Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

Because people can afford it. Back in a time when most of our efforts were invested in surviving, people couldn't afford being nihilists. There were much fewer safety nets given to the people by the ...
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Does the philosophy of "be yourself" come from the Nietzsche's philosophy?

The reference is to Schopenhauer as Educator: The man who will not belong to the general mass, has only to stop "taking himself easily"; to follow his conscience, which cries out to him, "Be ...
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Are most philosophers atheists, monotheists, polytheists or what?

While it is difficult to put a firm date on it, more and more philosophers became atheists with the dawn of the scientific revolution and the subsequent waning of the Catholic Church's influence over ...
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Industrial Society and its Future

One current philosopher and theologian, Robert Barron, would dispute this claim by looking at what is meant by the word "freedom." Freedom, in Kaczynski eyes is the ability to do whatever one pleases. ...
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How come nihilism is so popular today?

Objectivism deserves denying, due to the apparent limits of the human senses. I wouldn't say this directly leads to nihilism, although I can see why a lot of people take it that way, which is ...
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