Less than Nihilism

Di Blasi, Luca Daniele (2014). Less than Nihilism. In: Lebovic, Nitzan; Ben-Shai, Roy (eds.) The Politics of Nihilism: from the nineteenth century to contemporary Israel (pp. 35-49). London: Bloomsbury Academic

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Chapter 2 by Luca Di Blasi (...) gives us an insight into the history of nihilism, specifically by exposing a continuity (or else a cycle or repetition) between the earliest debates on the subject in the turn of the nineteenth century and latest ones in the turn of the twenty-first Di Blasi emphasizes the fact that the struggle between philosophy and religion, reason and faith, was a pertinent motif in Jacobi’s critique of Fichte’s philosophy and in Hegel’s response to this critique. A similar problematic, and similar dynamic, recurs two centuries later, where debates around the concept of nihilism among thinkers like Vattimo, Derrida, Habermas, and Žižek again revolve around the relation between religion, science, secularism, and “post-secularism.” Beginning with Hegel, Di Blasi’s chapter ends with a focus on Žižek as a “neo-Hegelian” showing how, in attacking his contemporaries, Žižek mirrors and revives Hegel’s approach in his critique of Jacobi and Fichte. Suggestively, Žižek informs us that now “the circle is closed” and that “to be a Hegelian today does not mean to assume the superfluous burden of some metaphysical past, but to regain the ability to begin from the beginning...”

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01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Systematic Theology [discontinued] > Dogmatics and the History of Philosophy [discontinued]

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Di Blasi, Luca Daniele


100 Philosophy > 190 Modern western philosophy




Bloomsbury Academic




Luca Daniele Di Blasi

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17 Oct 2014 10:51

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05 Dec 2022 14:37

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Philosophy Of Religion, Atheism, Poststructuralism, Slavoj Žižek, Nihilism, Postsecular theory, Critical Theory, European History, Political Theory, Modern Political Philosophy





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