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identify and describe an item from pop culture you regard as illustrating Nihilism. For example: a song, video, movie, advertisement, food, cliché, popular saying, business practice, etc.
Why is this nihilistic, in your view?
James Sire says that “Strictly speaking, nihilism is a denial of any philosophy or worldview—a denial of the possibility of knowledge, a denial that anything is valuable” (p. 84).
Do you know anyone who fits this description? Is there anything commendable about Nihilism, or is it only self-defeating, and nothing more?
Look up “Themes and Related Quotes From ‘Waiting for Godot’” on the Internet. If you like, watch a segment of a “Waiting for Godot” production you find on YouTube. How does “Waiting for Godot” illustrate Existentialism?
If you were in high school drama, would you have wanted to perform in this famous drama by Samuel Beckett?
The Jewish existentialist Martin Buber is discussed on pp. 124-125. “For Buber, is it possible to have an I-Thou relationship with a horse, the ocean, or a tree?” From your own personal experience, illustrate Buber’s claim that
“All real living is meeting” (p. 124).
In what ways, if any, does technology promote Nihilism?
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