Genealogy of Nihilism
This text re-reads Western history in the light of nihilistic logic, which pervades two millennia of Western thought. From Parmenides to Alain Badiou, via Plotinus, Avicenna, Duns Scotus, Ockham, Descartes, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Sartre, Lacan, Deleuze and Derrida, a genealogy of nothingness can be witnessed in development, with devastating consequences for the w...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 27th 2002 by Routledge
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I very much do not know how to take this book. I have read multiple reviews that suggest this is one of the easier reads in the RO series, and that Cunningham elucidates the thought of the philosophers whom he analyzes. I am not sure where I mis-stepped and got off the interpretive path, but I found Cunningham's book immensely difficult, much more so than the other RO books I have read. Further, I felt that he obscured rather than clarified the thought of some of the philosophers. Also I felt th...more
Although I have sympathy with the Radical Orthodoxy movement and despite the fact that this book contains good insights, It definitely can drive you crazy by repeating "Nothing as something" several times without enough explanation about the meaning of the term. Furthermore, he believed that one needs to mention the reference of every single sentence in a way that at the end of the day it looks like a collage of a philosophers quotations, not an academic text.
I felt like parts one and two were almost two separate texts; the jump from the genealogy to the theology seemed a bit tenuous. Nonetheless, a provocative and challenging read. Even though my mind remains outside the R.O. camp they continue to put out fresh and innovative ideas.