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select from these a theme which, while far from ubiquitous, might plausibly be claimed as marking something distinctively new about the revival of interest in Nietzsche today. This is the theme of technology. Such a theme is announced by one of the contributors, Bernard Stiegler , as a leading vector in the development of nihilism since Nietzsche’s own time: what characterises the two centuries that for Nietzsche remained still entirely to come , that he sees coming in his present, from his epoch, is the fact that the second industrial revolution takes place, and

A Commentary on Either/Or

Hans-Peter Söder Philosophical Nihilism: A New Logic For Technological Modernity? Abstract: The term “nihilism” is currently resurfacing in various approaches of post- and transhumanism and in the semiotics of digital media theory. This new employment of nihilism, a term that had its heyday in the late 19th cen- tury, is due to the fact that nihilism was always more than a catchphrase in fashionable Russian and French novels. As a critique of theology and deism, nihilism is a constituent part of the legacy of the French revolution. Today its radical questioning


I Nihilism Curiosity about the world, as we know, sometimes leads to philoso- phy. It can happen when that curiosity cannot be satisfied by knowledge of one or another event, by knowledge of one or another contingency, or by discovering the causes behind one or another phenomenon. It happens when we are not satisfied with the information we have about particular events or relations, or with a discovery of their causes. When, in short, we are curious to understand the world, and not just a fragment thereof. It is only then—when we understand what the world is