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Is nihilism sacrilegious to the advancement of society

Asked by: hect
  • All forms of Nihilism are bad.

    Meta - ethical nihilism does undoubtedly undermine the mores, values and norms of society as it claims that all life has no intrinsic value, and ergo acts that society considers abhorrent such as killing, are neither moral nor immoral. Of course this position is also logically flawed (according to moral realists) as ethical propositions describe objective features of the physical world.
    Epistemic nihilism is also harmful to society as it holds that, truth is unattainable. This thus undermines all human knowledge that has been gained up untill this point.

  • It justifies murder.

    Ultimately, Nilhism disregards objective meaning for human life, and allows subjective evaluation of what is "meaningful". This may not seem like such a problem now, but consider the idea of Creeping Normality. In, say, a hundred or a thousand years, conclusions that were once downright absurd might then be put on the table, and accepted as normal.

    Thus, any intrusion of a philosophy which invalidates the worth of each and every human life, regardless of subjective fulfillment, is harmful to the advancement of society.

    The Social Contract must protect the right to life, and Nilhism undermines this basis.

  • Whilst nihilists belief life has no meaning it does not mean one as an individual cannot create a personal meaning for life

    Put very briefly nihilism means life has no meaning that what we do on the broad scale of things doesn't really matter, however an individual can still live a fulfilling and to him and perhaps others a meaningful life which may benefit society, but in a billion years will it have made a difference.

    Posted by: hect
  • Though Nihilists believe that everything is meaningless and of no value,

    They still have the instinct to survive and lead productive lives. You don't see any of them murdering others or committing suicide. They simply come to what they believe to be a logical conclusion, that everything is meaningless and exists for nothing. This belief doesn't change their entire mindset and is not pessimistic, it's simply a realistic view of things.

  • No type of morality goes against society

    For society to advance, we need to be willing to question everything. If we deemed some types of philosophies to be "Sacreligous" to society, society in itself would not advance. If we are truly able to advance as a society, we need to be able to question anything, and to question all moral principles is in itself a form of questioning.

    Whatever harm nihilism causes, deeming it to be "Sacreligous" would be equally as harmful.

  • No it isn't.

    True nihilism can't be sacrilegious to the advancement to society, a true nihilist, once concluding that they are nihilistic, would stop doing anything, they would lay down and not move until they died of starvation or something. Anything less than that is not true nihilism.

    The idea of nihilism isn't sacrilegious to the advancement to society because it's existence allows for people to think about it, thus causing their perspectives to grow, which is a good thing for society.


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kbub says2014-12-08T04:52:31.980
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