John Milbank and Nihilism : a metaphysical (mis)reading?

Hyman, Gavin L. (2000) John Milbank and Nihilism : a metaphysical (mis)reading? Literature and Theology, 14 (4). pp. 430-443. ISSN 1477-4623

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In this article, I distinguish between a ‘metaphysical’ and a ‘fictional’ reading of nihilism I argue that John Milbank's opposition and his attempt to ‘outnarrate’ nihilism depends upon a metaphysical reading I argue that such a metaphysical reading of nihilism ultimately refuses all nihilistic implications, and that a metaphysical reading of Nietzsche in particular does undue violence to his texts I claim that only a fictional' nihilism can be an accomplished nihilism, and that only such a nihilism can overcome the absolute opposition between Christianity and nihilism established by Nietzsche and perpetuated by Milbank It is precisely such a ‘fictional’ nihilism that Milbank fails to confront.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Literature and Theology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/bl
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 14525
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2008 08:39
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2020 06:09

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