Essays Tagged: "Nihilism"

Two brands of nihilism

ll study in further detail Nietzsche view ofSchopenhauer and Christianity as essentially nihilistic.NihilismThroughout his work Nietzsche makes extensive use of the term "nihilism". Intexts from the t ... the scene, however, arrives the most potentarguments denying the necessary link between atheism and nihilism. It will bedemonstrated that Nietzsche, in fact, will argue it is in the appeal to divine p ...

(6 pages) 138 0 3.0 Nov/1996

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Grunge Literature, What quality in a novel is it which prompts it to be labelled as 'grunge literature'? And why do so many authors of books which fall into this genre object so strenuously to the la

f grime that coats our cities. They're young, articulate, and write novels that bluntly reflect the nihilism of the generation X-ers. They follow in the footsteps of the US grunge writers, inspired fi ...

(5 pages) 61 0 3.6 Apr/1997

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Genre Study

Fight Club: Perceptions of God as an Absentee Parent. How is man's relationship to his father reflective of his relationship to God?

rican teens really isn't about violence. "Well, what's it about then?" A quick answer of anarchy or nihilism usually won't placate these conservatives either, and is far from true anyway. Both the mov ...

(7 pages) 114 0 3.3 Jan/2004

Subjects: Art Essays > Film & TV Studies > Film Review and Analysis

John Gardner's Grendel: Existentialist Monster

to mind that John Gardner's Grendel. Nearly every instance of modern philosophy, from solipsism to nihilism, is exemplified in the work. The most prevalent of these, however, is Existentialism. To un ...

(4 pages) 55 0 3.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Imagination in Cornel West's Race Matters: The First Step Towards Restoring Hope to the Nihilistic African-American Community

guments revolve around the implicit idea of imagination as the crucial first step to countering the nihilism in and restoring hope to the African-American community. Imagination subsequently must be a ... ring, West challenges imagination. Throughout Race Matters, West reveals the severity and horror of nihilism in black America. Its severity increased with the emergence of the middle class (West, 54). ...

(5 pages) 76 0 4.6 Jun/2004

Subjects: History Term Papers

Dualism and the Double in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

d belief Raskolnikov clearly embraces the theory of the nihilist. The Columbia Encyclopedia defines Nihilism as:the theory of revolution popular among Russian extremists until the fall of the czarist ... rnment (1917); the theory was given its name by Ivan Turgenev in his novel Fathers and Sons (1861). Nihilism stressed the need to destroy existing economic and social institutions, whatever the projec ...

(22 pages) 111 0 5.0 Jul/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

An analysis of the philosophy of Nihilism as it appears in the novel "Grendel" by John Gardner

The first part of this essay refers to the Novel "Grendel" by John Gardner, the latter delves into Nihilism in the real world, and then combines the two. For those that don't know, Grendel was the mo ... hese principles; they do not exist, they are simply false human conventions. His is a philosophy of nihilism. I believe that for the most part, the above feelings and principles do exist in men; they ...

(3 pages) 21 0 0.0 Jan/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

"God is Dead" Nietzsche's proclamation to the "advent of nihilism"

position. Western Civilization and its culture are to blame according to Nietzsche. The "Advent of Nihilism" is also to blame for the death of God. Nietzsche believes there is no objective order or s ... is belief or theory struck a chord in the global community after it circulated throughout the world.Nihilism, simply stated is the belief in nothing. No faith or greater power, no creator of the world ...

(4 pages) 77 0 1.8 May/2005

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Modern Philosophy

What is Surrealism?

ment that was based on based on the principles of individualism, visions, states of disorientation, nihilism, chaos and the irrationality of modernity. Like Dadaism, Surrealism emphasized the role of ...

(2 pages) 82 0 3.0 May/2005

Subjects: Art Essays

"Grendel": A Monster Fighting His Inevitable Nihilism.

he meaning of existence and is almost wholly based on personal interpretation ("Existentialism" 1). Nihilism, on the other hand professes that human existence is without significance or legitimacy and ... xistence is without significance or legitimacy and thus has no lasting affects on a vast universe ("Nihilism" 1). The dragon rather convincingly painted the world out to be a string of inevitabilities ...

(4 pages) 30 0 5.0 Dec/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

A Comparison of Attitudes Towards Life in "The Catcher in the Rye"and "Dead Poet's Society"

his world, there are many attitudes towards life that one can possess. This attitude can range from nihilism to ignorant idealism depending on the human being. The works entitled "Dead Poets' Society" ...

(6 pages) 29 0 4.0 Feb/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Richard III

nts evil in the state--he is the incarnation of the inauspicious power and the symbol of a devilish nihilism. The monster also plays the role of a social magnifying glass. It represents the physical e ...

(6 pages) 24 0 3.0 Feb/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Shakespeare

Social Criticism is Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons"

el he argues with Pavel Kirsanov who was the liberal of the generation of 1840s about the nature of nihilism. This argue reflects the conflict existed in Russia between the liberals - Fathers and nigh ... Just think how many foreign...and useless words!" (Turgenev) Bazarov told Pavel that he would leave nihilism when Pavel would show him "...a single institution of contemporary life, either in the fami ...

(3 pages) 19 0 3.0 Dec/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

What is the Meaning of Life?

Accepting the notion that there is meaning to human life, thus denying the philosophical concept of Nihilism. The fundamental belief of Nihilism is that the world, especially human existence, is witho ... as pathos, an inconsistency on the part of the nihilists." I agree with Nietzsche, I can not accept nihilism due to the basic paradox that it presents; stating that "truth does not exist" is itself a ...

(5 pages) 210 1 5.0 Apr/2007

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy


chieved blindness by an act of will and means to keep it" (CS 273).Her blindness, of course, is her nihilism, which, quite significantly, is sanctioned by her Ph.D. ("I have a number of degrees" (CS 2 ...

(10 pages) 6 0 0.0 Sep/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Old Man And The Sea And Nihlism

ilhilism The "Old Man nad the Sea" is a book in which there is defenent progress from Naturalism to Nihilism. Nihilism is nothing more thaan very dedicated or very consistant Naturalism. In the "Old m ... d man and the Sea", the story begins with the old mans dedication. His dedication is a sure sign of Nihilism. Even though he is so dedicated it seems as though he is in a "closed system" where thee is ...

(1 pages) 2320 0 0.0 Aug/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American


as a product of Christianity, and talks about its effects on society, and how it can be to path to Nihilism. In America, the ascetic ideal can be a force of unity and preservation that keeps the coun ... religious enlightenment. Nietzsche would say that this will to nothingness will eventually lead to Nihilism. Eventually "nothing" becomes the goal. The why of anything can eventually be broken down b ...

(4 pages) 8 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy

Aesthetics and Nature: The Dream of Sublimity

to the “human condition” as denoted by Camus, but in sync with Nietzsche’s notion of Nihilism. Our mortality plays a role in the underlying reason something is inherently beautiful or s ...

(5 pages) 10 0 0.0 Aug/2009

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Philosophy > Classical Philosophy

The Significance of Different Relationships in "Fathers and Sons" by Ivan Turgenev

even smile.” [p.45]) You can tell that Arkady does believe as wholeheartedly in the concept of nihilism as Bazarov- the story of Pavel Petrovich’s humiliation only serves as fodder for furth ... , because although he is considered more eloquent (compare Arkady and Bazarov’s definitions of nihilism- Arkady’s is flowery and easy on the ear, while Bazarov’s is considerably more ab ...

(6 pages) 1820 0 0.0 Mar/2010

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Literary Analysis of "A Rose For Emily"

he mind. Since this was written during the period of Modernism you will see examples of alienation, nihilism and physical wastelands.By the author showing how the Grierson home had deteriorated he imp ...

(3 pages) 17 0 0.0 Nov/2010

Subjects: Literature Research Papers