In this article I try to compare Croce’s absolute historicism, matured in the last century, with some nihilistic philosophies in order to grasp the element that unites them: the “death of God”, of transcendence and the end of every absolute value. In the twentieth century, while the sad season of the Gott ist tot was emerging, Calogero, Capitini, de Ruggiero e Antoni tried to replicate the problem of absolute historicism, but also to the philosophy of the crisis (Nietzsche, Heidegger), and so they rehabilitated the transcendental meaning of the “death of Jesus” with a secular sensitivity.

Keywords: Croce, Nietzsche, Historicism, Transcendence, Calogero, Sollen

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