A Defence of Nihilism
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A Defence of Nihilism

James Tartaglia, Tracy Llanera

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A Defence of Nihilism

James Tartaglia, Tracy Llanera

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This book offers a philosophical defence of nihilism. The authors argue that the concept of nihilism has been employed pejoratively by almost all philosophers and religious leaders to indicate a widespread cultural crisis of truth, meaning, or morals. Many religious believers think atheism leads to moral chaos (because it leads to nihilism), and atheists typically insist that we can make life meaningful through our own actions (thereby avoiding nihilism). In this way, both sides conflate the cosmic sense of meaning at stake with a social sense of meaning. This book charts a third course between extremist and alarmist views of nihilism. It casts doubt on the assumption that nihilism is something to fear, or a problem which human culture should overcome by way of seeking, discovering, or making meaning. In this way, the authors believe that a revised understanding of nihilism can help remove a significant barrier of misunderstanding between religious believers and atheists. A Defence of Nihilism will be of interest to scholars and students in philosophy, religion, and other disciplines who are interested in questions surrounding the meaning of life.

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APA 6 Citation
Tartaglia, J., & Llanera, T. (2020). A Defence of Nihilism (1st ed.). Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from https://www.perlego.com/book/2014090/a-defence-of-nihilism-pdf (Original work published 2020)
Chicago Citation
Tartaglia, James, and Tracy Llanera. (2020) 2020. A Defence of Nihilism. 1st ed. Taylor and Francis. https://www.perlego.com/book/2014090/a-defence-of-nihilism-pdf.
Harvard Citation
Tartaglia, J. and Llanera, T. (2020) A Defence of Nihilism. 1st edn. Taylor and Francis. Available at: https://www.perlego.com/book/2014090/a-defence-of-nihilism-pdf (Accessed: 15 October 2022).
MLA 7 Citation
Tartaglia, James, and Tracy Llanera. A Defence of Nihilism. 1st ed. Taylor and Francis, 2020. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.