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Endorsing desires is the answer to nihilism

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Should we embrace nihilism, as Nolen Gertz suggests, or try to overcome it? Here, Alex Silk argues that we should try to overcome it and that Nietzsche has shown us how. The key is to see that nihilistic beliefs – that, say, nothing matters – derive from nihilistic feelings and bodily states. In the face of pain and suffering, we end up repressing our desires as a coping mechanism, succumbing to a nihilistic state of indifference. The solution, Nietzsche shows us, is to embrace our desires and animal drives.  “Nihilism”: what?There is a popular conception of Nietzsche as nihilist and arch “anti” figure of all things moral. “Conclud[ing] that there is nothing good, nothing beautiful, nothing sublime, nothing evil in …

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