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Willy Thayer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286744

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.001.0001

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Nihil and Philosophy

Nihil and Philosophy

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(p.60) 22 Nihil and Philosophy
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Technologies of Critique
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Willy Thayer

, John Kraniauskas
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.003.0022

This chapter analyzes the Nietzschean phrase that “God is dead”, which is not primarily related to the end of the Western monotheistic God who for so long a time framed the pain of history. What was liberating was not so much the announcement of the end of the living God, but rather of the decontaining lucidity of there really having never been a God who was never derived from fragmentary, immanent conditions of survival. The chapter further points out that nihilism is not a viewpoint put forward by somebody, nor is it an arbitrary historical given that can be historically documented. It emphasizes that nihilism is an event of long duration in which the truth of being as a whole is essentially transformed and driven toward an end. In the phrase “God is dead,” “God” also means everything that has sought to take his place, such as ideal, consciousness, reason, and certainty of progress.

Keywords:   Nietzschean phrase, monotheistic God, living God, nihilism, ideal, consciousness, reason, progress

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