Modernism and Nihilism

Modernism and Nihilism

Shane Weller


on the center of a few of the main influential strands of philosophical, political, and aesthetic modernism lies the conviction that modernity is essentially nihilistic. This e-book deals a wide-ranging serious background of the idea that of nihilism from its origins in French innovative discourse to its position in fresh theorizations of the postmodern. Key moments in that background comprise the concept's appropriation by way of political activists in mid-nineteenth-century Russia, by way of Nietzsche within the Eighties, by way of the eu avant-garde and 'high' modernists within the early many years of the 20 th century, by way of conservative revolutionaries in Germany within the interwar years, and through significant theorists within the post-Holocaust interval. Focusing particularly at the abiding impression of Nietzsche's declare that paintings is the 'only more advantageous counterforce' to nihilism, Weller argues that an realizing of modernism (and, certainly, of postmodernism) is most unlikely with out a mirrored image upon the decisive function performed by way of the idea that of nihilism therein. 

 
 

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