nihilism


nihilism
nihilism (n.) 1817, "the doctrine of negation" (in reference to religion or morals), from Ger. Nihilismus, from L. nihil "nothing at all" (see NIL (Cf. nil)), coined by German philosopher Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743-1819). In philosophy, an extreme form of skepticism (1836). The political sense was first used by German journalist Joseph von Görres (1776-1848). Turgenev used the Russian form of the word (nigilizm) in "Fathers and Children" (1862) and claimed to have invented it. With a capital N-, it refers to the Russian revolutionary anarchism of the period 1860-1917, supposedly so called because "nothing" that then existed found favor in their eyes.

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  • Nihilism — Ni hil*ism, n. [L. nihil nothing: cf. F. nihilisme. See {Annihilate}.] 1. Nothingness; nihility. [1913 Webster] 2. The doctrine that nothing can be known; scepticism as to all knowledge and all reality. [1913 Webster] 3. (Politics) The theories… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • nihilism — ► NOUN 1) the rejection of all religious and moral principles. 2) Philosophy extreme scepticism, maintaining that nothing has a real existence. DERIVATIVES nihilist noun nihilistic adjective. ORIGIN from Latin nihil nothing …   English terms dictionary

  • Nihilism — This article is about the philosophical doctrines. For other uses, see Nihilism (disambiguation). Certainty series Agnosticism Belief Certainty Doubt Determini …   Wikipedia

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