Nihilism is a philosophical doctrine that argues that life is without objective, meaning, and purpose. Some beliefs in Nihilism include:

  • labels all values as worthless, therefore, nothing can be known or communicated.

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), is most often associated with nihilism. In Will to Power [notes 1883-1888], he writes, “Every belief, every considering something true, is necessarily false because there is simply no true world.” For Nietzsche, there is no objective order or structure in the world except what we give it. Despite this it appears Nietzsche opposed nihilism. [1]

Types of NihilismEdit

Political NihilismEdit

Political nihilism advocates the prior destruction of all existing political, social, and religious orders as a prerequisite for any future improvement.


  1. Nietzsche and Nihilism

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