Divinatio. Studia Culturologica 41 (Autumn-winter 2015):7-29 (2016)

Gregor Schiemann
University of Wuppertal
The discourse on nihilism in the German-speaking world continues to take its orientation primarily from Friedrich Nietzsche’s understanding of nihilism as a historical movement of the decline of values. This means that the aspects of nihilism that are not tied to specific epochs and cultures are not accorded due importance (I). In order to make a reappraisal of nihilism that does justice to these objective contents, I will present a classification of types of nihilism and of arguments that support it. The discussion of the typology of the principal meanings of nihilism points to a loss in relevance of conceptions that take their orientation from Nietzsche (II). The discussion of the arguments testifies to the importance of objective knowledge in the justification of nihilism (III).
Keywords Nihilism Nihilismus  objectivity Objektivität  decline of values Umwertung aller Werte  Types of Nihilism Typen des Nihilismus  Knowledge Wissen  Meaninglessness Bedeutungslosigkeit  Boredom Langeweile  Death Tod  Contingency Kontingenz  Nietzsche
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