- an extreme form of skepticism: the denial of all real existence or the possibility of an objective basis for truth.
- nothingness or nonexistence.
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Two new books—Under the Sky We Make, by Kimberly Nicholas, and Overheated, by Kate Aronoff—provide an antidote to climate nihilism.
The journalist Malcolm Gladwell, on his podcast, “Revisionist History,” devoted a recent episode to his theory of “hiring nihilism.”HireVue drops facial monitoring amid A.I. algorithm audit|Jeremy Kahn|January 19, 2021|Fortune
They often seem on the brink of nihilism before we even cover the syllabus.Generation Z is ‘traumatized’ by climate change—and they’re the key to fighting it|matthewheimer|August 19, 2020|Fortune
I think with that generation, so many of their hopes have been so dashed that nihilism is really a natural response.The Gospel According to Nick Denton—What Next For The Gawker Founder?|Lloyd Grove|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It’s arguably the best film of the ‘90s—a postmodern pop culture smorgasbord awash in nihilism and dripping with retro cool.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary|Marlow Stern|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Republican leaders have no alternative but to join the president in rejecting such nihilism.Republicans Who Threaten to Have U.S. Default on Debt Are Nihilists|Robert Shapiro|January 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To understand better the nihilism of Thiessen's thinking, I must now quote his column at greater length.
Over the past four years, Republicans have suffered from a combination of tactical radicalism joined to strategic nihilism.
Then when the authorities thought Nihilism was stamped out by wholesale severity the matter assumed another phase.Condemned as a Nihilist|George Alfred Henty
But his liberalism is not in the least akin to Nihilism or Anarchism.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
With therapeutic nihilism or skepticism of the power of drugs I have no sympathy.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
Koscheleff, writing in 1874, gives a similar explanation of nihilism.Contemporary Socialism|John Rae
This is the only view an American, the child of 1620 and 1776, can take of Nihilism.The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
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An approach to philosophy that holds that human life is meaningless and that all religions, laws, moral codes, and political systems are thoroughly empty and false. The term is from the Latin nihil, meaning “nothing.”