Nihilism is the fallacy of gray

While reading this post on David Chapman’s Meaningness blog it occurred to me that nihilism is the perfect example of the fallacy of gray. Of course every philosophy and ideology is imperfect and incomplete (tho perhaps I’m being uncharitable in thinking that it’s obvious). But imperfect and incomplete does not mean perfectly wrong or entirely incomplete. And that’s exactly the fallacy of gray and exactly the central untruth of nihilism – that black and white does not fully capture the universe, and it doesn’t, does not therefore imply that all is gray and the same shade at that; nor that any of Christianity, Buddhism, communism, capitalism, etc., fail to provide meaning fully to all people at all times imply that therefore there are no objective truths or that existence is entirely without meaning.

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