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Posted by koZako on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 18:09:33 :
In Reply to: silence posted by INSpECT on Wednesday, December 11, 2002 at 01:09:19 :
by deconstructing the notion of absolute truth, nihilism unveils power within human relations, focusing on its material aspect and rises the topic of domination. In the end you find out that the patterns you've permanently followed do not respond to an objective reality but were imposed by somebody - understood in a generic way- else and you have just got used to thinking that there is an absolute truth.
In this way, nihilism proclaims you do not seek the truth, you rather create it, however, to do this a whole civilization has to be destroyed and replaced by a new one, deliberately created by the undetermined will of the uebermesnch -hence the analogy to a baby. Up to now there have been lots of "different" truths in the "western world" but they all fall, apparently, into the same category -lineal conception of life, absolute truth, objective reality, etc.
Nihilism refers more to the notion of "undetermined will" - the way Sartre understood it, in the end, suppressing the notion of essence as pre existent to factual being- rather than "nothingness as the only possible existing reality", which would imply a contradiction.
Epistemologically speaking, the query is not what can we know but rather, what will the dominant party let you know and what you will reveal as dominant.
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