Vol. 40 No. 1 (2020): Patterns of Contemporary Nihilism

Die Geschichtlichkeit Europas und die Schatten des Nihilismus

Dean Komel
Univerza v Ljubljani

Published 2020-06-01


  • European nihilism,
  • Europe,
  • historicity,
  • value,
  • humanism

How to Cite

Komel, D. (2020). Die Geschichtlichkeit Europas und die Schatten des Nihilismus. Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 40(1), 31–39. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v40i1.85


The article deals with the relationship between European historicity and the experience of European nihilism that Nietzsche and Heidegger confronted us in the first place. The key point is that nihilism can capture Europe’s historical understanding as much as it is grounded on values. On this basis, historicity is understood as a value of Europe’s identity, without regard for its nihilistic effect. Is the fulfilment of a man in his humanity as the main endeavour of European humanism necessarily grounded on values? The experience of European nihilism paradoxically opens up new perspectives on understanding European historicity and offers a different horizon for the fulfilment of manin his humanity.