Naming the Lenses: Part 4

Posted by Administrator on 1/28/2014 to Critical Thinking

One of the darkest and most depressing worldviews is nihilism. Again we encourage you to read James Sire’s The Universe Next Door to gain more insight into this viewpoint.

Lens #4—Nihilism

  • This view is more of a stance or a feeling than an actual philosophy of life because nihilism denies the possibility of knowing anything or experiencing anything of value.
  • Theoretically, nihilism is the negation of knowledge, beauty, reality, ethics, and meaning.
  • It is a despairing view of the world because humanity can never see in themselves, in others, or in our world anything of significance or dignity.
  • Nihilism encourages insanity (Nietzsche), suicide (Hemingway), black comedy (Beckett), silliness (Adams and Vonnegut), and hopelessness (Kafka).
  • It is a dark, apathetic, discouraging worldview.

Movies with a Nihilist Lens

[Note: As with all film listings, please determine each movie’s suitability for your own family. Please do not interpret a film’s inclusion in a list of examples as Zeezok Publishing’s promotion of or agreement with that film.]

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  •  Dr. Strangelove
  •  The Dark Knight
  •  Stagecoach