Overcoming Nihilism

  • Tracy Llanera


This chapter offers a critical reading of the strategy of overcoming nihilism. I propose a narrative that frames Nietzsche and Heidegger as its main figures. Their philosophy grounds the set of conceptual assumptions about modernity, religion, and secularism that Taylor, Dreyfus, and Kelly share, leading them to frame nihilism as a problem to overcome through the power of the sacred. In contrast, Rorty rejects this view. He instead develops a curious relationship with nihilism that leads him to treat the problem differently in his writings.


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  • Tracy Llanera
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  1. 1.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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