Australasia's Biggest Online Store

Shop over 1.5 Million Toys in our Huge New Range

Specter of the Absurd

This book is our century's most comprehensive and wise treatment of nihilism in all of its guises, comparing favorably with Rosen, Cavell, and indeed with Spengler. Crosby argues that our culture is genuinely haunted by nihilism expressing itself in the fideism of fundamentalism as well as in the debilitating alienation from all orientation. This results from a one-sided development of Western culture. Unlike most writers on this topic, Crosby acknowledges many sources colluding to frame the culture of nihilism, including "the death of God," the objectification of nature, the meaninglessness of suffering in a mechanical universe, the ephemerality of time in a world where value does not accumulate, the arbitrariness of historicized reason, the reduction of value to will, and the alienation of the Cartesian ego. These sources are reviewed in the first two parts of the book with the result that the phenomenon of nihilism becomes understandable. In its third and fourth parts, Crosby provides a critical analysis of the religious and philosophical forces leading to nihilism by discussing authors from the early modern period through Dostoyevsky, Sartre, Russell, and Derrida. He shows that these forces are skewed and impoverished and should not be allowed to determine our situation. The comprehensive attention to detail and the multi-perspectival interpretation demonstrates as well as asserts the richness of the culture that puts nihilism in its place. Part Five, finally, rephrases the criticism of the sources of nihilism in positive ways. Part Four in particular is a tour de force of philosophical argument. Its richness of nuance, plurality of views examined, and adroitness of critical interpretation provide cumulatively a powerful, non-nihilistic reading of the philosophic tradition. The force of the argument derives from its comprehensive, cumulative character. Crosby distinguishes and relates five areas of nihilism: political, moral, epistemological, cosmic, and existential. Throughout the book, he illustrates and examines these as they are expressed in literature and art, in daily life and practical affairs, and in philosophy. The book is richly erudite in its marshalling of consciousness from so many domains.
Product Details

Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgments Part One: Introduction 1. Experiencing the Absurd 2. Types of Nihilism Part Two: Arguments for Nihilism 3. Arguments About God, Nature, Suffering, and Time 4. Arguments About Reason, Will, and Other Persons Part Three: A Critical Look at Religious Sources of Nihilism 5. Anthropocentrism, Externality of Value, and Religion as Theism 6. God's All-Seeing Eye, Search for Certainty, and Deprecation of the World Part Four: A Critical Look at Philosophical Sources of Nihilism 7. Correspondence-Substance and the Hegemony of Science 8. Truth Through Method and Seeds of Nihilism in the Thought of Descartes 9. The Subjectivist Turn in Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, and Ethics 10. Social-Political Individualism, Fact-Value Dichotomy, and Primacy of Will Part Five: Final Appraisal 11. The Case Against Nihilism: Lessons and Refutations Notes Bibliography Index of Names Index of Subjects

About the Author

Donald A. Crosby is Professor of Philosophy at Colorado State University.

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling Specter of the Absurd: Sources and Criticism of Modern Nihilism (SUNY Series in Philosophy) on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Item ships from and is sold by, Inc.
Back to top