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Nihilism Before Nietzsche

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ISBN-10: 0226293483

ISBN-13: 9780226293486

Edition: 1996

Authors: Michael Allen Gillespie

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In the twentieth century, we often think of Nietzsche, nihilism, and the death of God as inextricably connected. But, in this pathbreaking 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, Gillespie 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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210

Descartes and the Deceiver God
Descartes and the Origin of the Absolute I
Fichte and the Dark Night of the Noumenal I
The Dawn of the Demonic: Romanticism and Nihilism
The Demons Unbound: Russian Nihilism and the Pursuit of the Promethean
From the Demonic to the Dionysian
Dionysus and the Triumph of Nihilism
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