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Finding Meaning After God’s Death

Nihilism is one state a culture may reach when it no longer has a unique and agreed upon social ground. Harvard philosophy professor Sean Kelly looks for meaning in our secular age.

Perhaps Nietzsche was wrong about how long it would take for the news of God’s death to reach the ears of men. Perhaps he was wrong, in other words, about how long it would take before the happiness to which we can imagine aspiring would no longer need to aim at universal validity in order for us to feel satisfied by it. In this case the happiness of the suburbs would be consistent with the death of God, but it would be a radically different kind of happiness from that which the Judeo-Christian epoch of Western history sustained.


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