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Nihilism By La Shot, Derek

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1356-1
Published: 02/05/2017
Retrieved: 21 June 2024, from


Most broadly, Nihilism is the rejection of meaningful moral or religious values. Nihilism is often associated with moral Relativism, extreme Skepticism, and Pessimism. First used by the novelist Ivan Turgenev (1818–1883) in Fathers and Sons (1862) to describe the view of his iconoclastic hero, Bazarov, the term commonly suggests, especially within later Existentialism, that existence is without objective meaning or value. Values are ‘devalued’ due to their lack of objective standing.

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