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Worldly Nihilism and Theological Nihilism — A Possible Definition

  • Eugenio Mazzarella
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Abstract

What is nihilism? Nihilism is a feeling. Nihilism is a fact. Both things concern existence, human dasein, or as Sartre says, taking up a fundamental concept from Heidegger1, “Man is the being through whom nothingness comes to the world” [3]. Which, furthermore, means that the “world” in reality has no knowledge of nothingness. Presence as such — “being” — does not know, nor can it know nihilism, a problem regarding nothingness, as its absence having been thought of, in general, as thought, is a presence, and declares that in our “we are,” being as such always goes on, and surpasses us. On the pathway of truth — i.e., of the manifestation that takes form in thought — nothingness does not exist, it cannot be investigated, it cannot be found:

Come now, I will tell you — and bring away my story safely when you have heard it — the only ways of inquiry there are to think: the one, that it is and that it is not possible for it not to be, is the path of Persuasion (for it attends upon Truth), the other, that it is not and that it is necessary for it not to be, this I point out to you to be a path completely unlearnable, for neither may you know that which is not (for it is not to be accomplished) nor may you declare it [4]2.

Keywords

False Vacuum Creative Evolution Pure Possibility Primary Interpretation Pure Knowledge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugenio Mazzarella
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di FilosofiaUniversità degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”Italy

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