Nihilism – What’s in a Name ?

Interesting post from Ben Goertzel. Nihilism gets a bum rap. Discerning parody from reality – if something subtle or hard to understand is parodied on the basis of a simplistic view, then the simplistic view sticks. Time for a new name rather than flogging a dead horse by trying to rehabilitate the original name.

Not sure I’d agree that Dostoevsky ultimately relied on god or an “absolute” faith. Definitely a faith in a moral compass – a direction towards progressive good – once we are cast adrift from the idea of absolute objective truths.

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