Philosophical Inquiry

Volume 37, Issue 3/4, Summer/Fall 2013

Jasper Doomen
Pages 62-77

Consistent Nihilism

Nihilism poses grave problems for those who seek directives to lead their lives. In this article, the three most important ways to deal with nihilism are inquired, with an emphasis on their credibility. Both nihilism from a metaphysical perspective and the emphasis on pleasure from nihilistic considerations are given attention. The acceptance of nihilism can have far-reaching consequences, which are evaluated at various points. Nietzsche's approach must also be considered. He accepts what he calls a sort of nihilism, but as a means to 'new' values. This alternative to nihilism is examined no less critically than the other two stances.