Philosophy In The News, Weekly: March 4 – March 11, 2019

The best of the philosophical internet featuring Socrates' love affair with a woman who helped lay the foundations of Western philosophy; the many wonderful uses of the word, 'dipshit'; digital minimalism or how to de-clutter your technological life; and what America can learn from the fall of the Roman republic. 

Whence Comes Nihilism, the Uncanniest of All Guests?

Friedrich Nietzsche was most famously concerned with the problem of nihilism. All societies, in his view, rely on implicit value judgments. If the foundations of these are lost, he predicts terrible consequences: widespread apathy or violent, fanatical attempts to reclaim a sense of purpose, or perhaps both.