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Nihilism and Philosophy: Nothingness, Truth and World

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2019.03.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gideon Baker, Nihilism and Philosophy: Nothingness, Truth and World, Bloomsbury, 2018, 239pp., $114.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781350035188. Reviewed by Robert Wicks, The University of Auckland The title of Gideon Baker's book is sufficiently broad to stimulate a variety of expectations. Given the theme of nihilism -- a concern potentially for everyone -- one might suppose that it would be easily accessible by a general audience, or to a philosophically educated audience (widely considered) to encourage reflection upon "meaning of life" issues that arise in the face of our uncertainty about the nature of the universe and our place within it. Since the word "nihilism" frequently invokes a reference to the Russian nihilist movement of the 1860s, or to Ivan Turgenev's novel, Fathers and Sons (1862), one might also expect some discussion of nihilism as it appears in 19th century Russian thought.

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