Nihilism Before Nietzsche
By (author) Michael Allen Gillespie
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Nihilism Before Nietzsche by Michael Allen Gillespie
Book DescriptionIn the twentieth century, one often thinks of Nietzsche, nihilism, and the death of God as inextricably connected. However, in this work, Michael Gillespie argues that Nietzsche, in fact, misunderstood nihilism, and that his misunderstanding has misled nearly all succeeding thought about the subject. Reconstructing nihilism's intellectual and spiritual origins before it was given its determinitive definition by Nietzsche, the author focuses on the crucial turning points in the development of nihilism, from Ockham and the nominalist revolution to Descartes, Fichte, the German Romantics, the Russian nihilists and Nietzsche himself. His analysis shows that nihilism is not the result of the death of God, as Nietzsche believed; but the consequence of a new idea of God as a God of will who overturns all eternal standards of truth and justice. To understand nihilism, one has to understand how this notion of God came to inform a new notion of man and nature, one that puts will in place of reason, and freedom in place of necessity and order.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226293486
(155mm x 230mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Michael Allen Gillespie
Theological Origins of Modernity, Paperback (August 2009)
Exposing the religious roots of our ostensibly godless age, this study reveals that modernity is much less secular than conventional wisdom suggests. Beginning with the collapse of the medieval world, it argues that from the very beginning, moderns sought not to eliminate religion but to support a new view of religion and its place in human life.
Mask of Enlightenment, Paperback (January 2005)View all books by Michael Allen Gillespie
This landmark study is a detailed textual and thematic analysis of one of Nietzsche's most important but least understood works. Discusses Nietzche's systematically duplicitous rhetoric of esoteric messages in Zarathustra.
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