Nolen Gertz in conversation with Robin James
About the book
When someone is labeled a nihilist, it’s not usually meant as a compliment. Most of us associate nihilism with destructiveness and violence. Nihilism means, literally, “an ideology of nothing.” Is nihilism, then, believing in nothing? Or is it the belief that life is nothing? Or the belief that the beliefs we have amount to nothing? If we can learn to recognize the many varieties of nihilism, Nolen Gertz writes, then we can learn to distinguish what is meaningful from what is meaningless. In this addition to the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Gertz traces the history of nihilism in Western philosophy from Socrates through Hannah Arendt and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Nolen Gertz is Assistant Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente in the Netherlands and the author of Nihilism and Technology (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018). His new book, Nihilism, is part of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series.
Robin James is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at UNC Charlotte and co-editor of The Journal of Popular Music Studies.For the 2019-20 academic year she is Visiting Associate Professor of Music at Northeastern University. She is author of The Sonic Episteme (Duke Univ. Press, 2019) and Resilience & Melancholy (Zero, 2015) among others.