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Single Idea 6843

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 2. Nihilism]

Full Idea

If nihilism is the threat of the collapse of meaning, then my position is that one has to accept meaninglessness as an achievement, as an accomplishment that permits a transformed relation to everyday life.

Gist of Idea

Perceiving meaninglessness is an achievement, which can transform daily life


Simon Critchley (Interview with Baggini and Stangroom [2001], p.193)

Book Reference

Baggini,J/Stangroom,J: 'New British Philosophy' [Routledge 2002], p.193

A Reaction

This sounds cheerfully upbeat and life-enhancing, but I don't quite see how it works. One could easily end up laughing at the most appalling tragedies, and that seems to me to be an inappropriate (Aristotelian word) way to respond to tragedy.