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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 NIHILISM The term nihilism comes from the latin root nihil meaning nothing. Nihilism applied to radical opponents of the czar, someof whom committed terroristacts against the government.The Russian author Ivan Turgenev portrayed a nihilist in his novelFathers and Sons. This character believes in reason and a scientific conception of the world, but he rejects traditional religious beliefs and moral values. Nihilism is a categorization of extreme and negative philosophical, political, and religious views which all come from the belief that here is no absolute good. A true Nihilist would believe that nothing holds any value or importance and that life has no inherent meaning The person most associatedwith nihilism is FriedrichNietzsche who believed that nihilism was a way to bring a more naturalistic source of meaning and value into thevital impulses of life itself It became popularizedafter its appearance in Ivan Turgenevs novel Fathers and Sons(1862) where he used nihilism to describe the crude espoused by his character Bazarov who preaches a creed of total negation. Nihilism became identified with a loosely organized revolutionary movement (C.1860-1917) that rejected the authority of the state, church, and family. Nihilism requires a radicalrepudiation of all imposed values and meaning: Nihilism is . . . not only the belief that everything deserves to perish; but one actually puts ones shoulder to the plough; one destroys (Will to Power). Existential nihilism beginswith the notion that the world is without meaning or purpose. Given this knowledge, existence itself: all action, suffering, and feelingis ultimately senseless and empty. Macbeth portrays elements of existential Nihilism by pouring out his disgust for life which shows his nihilistic perspective by saying there is nothing significant. Explain the impact of Nihilism on the world, as predicted by Nietzsche. Nihilisms impact on the culture and values predicted by Nietzsche has been pervasive, its apocalyptic tenor spawning a mood of gloom and a good deal ofanxiety, anger, and terror Nietzsche thought that If we survived the process of destroyingall interpretations of the world, we could then perhaps discover the correct course for human kind
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