Nihilism, Performativity and the Ontology of Everyday Life

Problemos 77:7-14 (2010)

Rita Šerpytytė
Vilnius University
The article deals with the problem of performativity in the treating of nihilism. In order to disclose acute, but at the same time, concealed angles of this problem, the analysis of nihilism is being turned to the so called “ontology” of everyday life. The theoretical approach of Maurizio Ferraris ensure the rich field of investigation as well as provide with the object of theoretical critics. By using theoretical attitudes of the “diagnosticians” of nihilism as well as the arguments of Austin, Benveniste, Agamben etc., the article discusses and opposes the nihilism as the theory of reality. The investigation demonstrates the impossibility to understand nihilism as a simple theory of reality and discloses the requirement to reconsider nihilism as the performative. Keywords: nihilism, everyday life, ontology, performativity, true, reality
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