The Scandinavian Value Nihilists and the Crisis of Democracy in the 1930s and 40s

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Strang , J 2009 , ' The Scandinavian Value Nihilists and the Crisis of Democracy in the 1930s and 40s ' , Nordeuropa-Forum , vol. 19 , no. 1 , pp. 37-63 . < http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/docviews/abstract.php?lang=&id=29889 >

Title: The Scandinavian Value Nihilists and the Crisis of Democracy in the 1930s and 40s
Author: Strang, Johan
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Renvall Institute (-2009)

Date: 2009
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Nordeuropa-Forum
ISSN: 0940-5585
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/166070
Abstract: In the 1930s and 40s many theories were raised about some kind of connection between relativistic or nihilistic moral theories and the rise of totalitarianism in Europe. In Scandinavia these allegations were directed at the adherents of the value nihilistic theory of Axel Hägerström. This article explores the ways in which three democratically-minded followers of Hägerström (Ingemar Hedenius, Herbert Tingsten and Alf Ross) struggled to overcome these charges and to reconcile their democratic convictions with Hägerström’s value nihilistic theory.
Subject: 611 Philosophy
value nihilism
Uppsala philosophy
Hägerström
Hedenius
517 Political science
democracy
totalitarianism
liberalism
social democracy
Scandinavia
615 History and Archaeology
intellectual history
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