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Realism vs. Nihilism

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Realismnoun

A concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary.

Nihilismnoun

(philosophy) A philosophical doctrine grounded on the negation of one or more meaningful aspects of life.

Realismnoun

An artistic representation of reality as it is.

Nihilismnoun

(ethics) The rejection of inherent or objective moral principles.

Realismnoun

(sciences) The viewpoint that an external reality exists independent of observation.

Nihilismnoun

(politics) The rejection of non-rationalized or non-proven assertions in the social and political spheres of society.

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Realismnoun

(philosophy) A doctrine that universals are real—they exist and are distinct from the particulars that instantiate them.

Nihilismnoun

A Russian movement of the 1860s that rejected all authority and promoted the use of violence for political change.

Realismnoun

As opposed to nominalism, the doctrine that genera and species are real things or entities, existing independently of our conceptions. According to realism the Universal exists ante rem (Plato), or in re (Aristotle).

Nihilismnoun

The understanding that all endeavors are devoid of objective meaning.

Realismnoun

Fidelity to nature or to real life; representation without idealization, and making no appeal to the imagination; adherence to the actual fact.

Nihilismnoun

The refusal of belief, that belief itself is untenable.

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Realismnoun

the practise of assessing facts and the probabilities of the consequences of actions in an objective manner; avoidance of unrealistic or impractical beliefs or efforts. Contrasted to idealism, self-deception, overoptimism, overimaginativeness, or visionariness.

Nihilismnoun

Nothingness; nihility.

Realismnoun

the attribute of accepting the facts of life and favoring practicality and literal truth

Nihilismnoun

The doctrine that nothing can be known; scepticism as to all knowledge and all reality.

Realismnoun

(philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that physical object continue to exist when not perceived

Nihilismnoun

The theories and practices of the Nihilists.

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Realismnoun

the state of being actual or real;

‘the reality of his situation slowly dawned on him’;

Nihilismnoun

a revolutionary doctrine that advocates destruction of the social system for its own sake

Realismnoun

an artistic movement in 19th century France; artists and writers strove for detailed realistic and factual description

Nihilismnoun

the delusion that things (or everything, including the self) do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal

Realismnoun

(philosophy) the philosophical doctrine that abstract concepts exist independent of their names

Nihilismnoun

complete denial of all established authority and institutions

Nihilism

Nihilism (; from Latin nihil 'nothing') is a philosophy, or family of views within philosophy, expressing negation (i.e., denial of) towards general aspects of life that are widely accepted within humanity as objectively real, such as knowledge, existence, and the meaning of life. Different nihilist positions hold variously that human values are baseless, that life is meaningless, that knowledge is impossible, or that some set of entities do not exist, are meaningless, or pointless.The study of nihilism may regard it as merely a label that has been applied to various separate philosophies, or as a distinct historical concept arising out of nominalism, skepticism, and philosophical pessimism, as well as possibly out of Christianity itself.

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