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

(Post)modernidad y nihilismo en tiempos tecnológicos

Rogério José Schuck

Published 2020-06-01


  • knowledge,
  • modernity,
  • hermeneutics,
  • technology,

How to Cite

(Post)modernidad y nihilismo en tiempos tecnológicos. (2020). Teoria. Rivista Di Filosofia, 40(1), 51-60. https://doi.org/10.4454/teoria.v40i1.87


English title: (Post)modernity and nihilism in technological times

This paper aims to discuss core issues regarding knowledge and modernity, and more specifically to critique the latter, by reflecting on the context of contemporaneity through a glance at nihilism in the technological times. The core problematics to be discussed are: what is modernity? What does it mean to be modern? What are the main constraints of modernity? This text is largely based on Gadamer’s propositions in his work Truth and Method, as well as on major modernity authors such as Descartes and Kant. Finally, a change in the objectification position may be observed. Such change shows that, long before we participate in history or realize its effects on us, it is already unfolding and it always surpasses us. Therefore, thinking of our context requires us, beforehand, to be open to what happens to us, though it may not be in line with our desire, and the capacity to understand it.