Study of Nihilism

Idea Generation

What is this project about?

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My project is on the study of nihilism. Nihilism is the idea/belief that nothing in life matters. More specifically, I am studying to decide if that belief is really true. Does life have meaning? How can one live if they believe life has no meaning? With that world view, is there any hope at all? If there is meaning to life, what gives life that meaning?

What do you want to get out of this project?

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I want to understand the viewpoint of a nihilistic person. I also want to determine whether life does or does not have meaning.

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Guiding Question

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Does anything in life matter?

Production

What will it take for you to complete this project?

Use the table below to set your own timeline for deliverables, keep in mind when your final work product is due at the end of the cycle.

Keep in mind that this project cycle runs six weeks in total, as opposed to the typical four weeks.

Work Product Deliverables

MilestoneDateDone
Final Work Product + Notion Page Due
May 21, 2021
Last Day of Project Cycle
May 28, 2021

Exploration

Use this space to take notes, keep track of your sources, or conversations you have with people about this project.

(note to self)- try to update research question, make it more clear

(To-do) - reflection and added escapism in nihilism paragraph

Book resources- Man's search for meaning, the trouble with being born

Youtube resources- What is Nihilism? (Carneades.org)

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Work Product

In-Track Reflection 05/20/2021

Project Rubric

SkillLevel
Key knowledge, understanding, and success skills [Idea Generation]
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Challenging Guiding Question or Problem
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Sustained Inquiry [Exploration]
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Authenticity [Production]
3
Reflection
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Critique & Revision [Feedback]
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Product Deliverable [Work Product/Presentation]
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Content/Principle(s) Application
3

Reflection

Reflect on this project cycle by answering the questions below.

The act of reflecting allows you to highlight the accomplishments and applications of your project. (questions courtesy of Powderhouse Studios)

Was your project meaningful?

Did this project matter? In what ways did it further your knowledge, force you to grow, or provide something useful?

This project was probably one of my favorites to work on. Not only did it help me engage with better writing and better sources, but I found out things about myself. While researching nihilism, I found many of my own personal beliefs disproved, which gave me a better way of thinking. Not only did this alter my mindset, but it helped me understand my research. I found that I may have a new interest in Philosophy, and I hope to continue studying it later on.

Was your project ambitious?

Given what you already know, did this project challenge you in meaningful ways?

This project was very challenging for me. I was procrastinating at first, because this is a branch of study that I'm new to. While I had my own views and beliefs on nihilism, I'd never studied it until now. I have more information on its history and origins, as well as sources to follow for more Philosophic questions.

Was your project deep?

Did your project engage with powerful ideas or tools? Additionally, did you engage with the material in a deep sense (i.e. did you develop ownership over the ideas or tools)? Can you utilize these skills independently now?

I was very engaged with the material, and even found my research helpful to myself. Many of the sources are things I was already slightly interested in, and now I can refer to these sources for later projects. My interest in philosophy peaked during this project cycle, and I may even consider it as a career choice.

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