From: "henry sholar" <H_SHOLAR@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 1997 12:48:52 EST
I am interested in developing an understanding of Heidegger's
interpretation of Nietzsche's metaphysics. To state such a task
is to already be within a Heideggerian understanding because
some Nietzscheans would wince at describing Nietz as even
having a metaphysics. Already this interpretation denies
Nietzsche a triumph (a great overcoming, as he would
perhaps say using the language of the will to power) that
he perhaps claimed, and that many
of his devotees continue to claim for him...
maybe this is an aspect of every philosopher's fate.
So the development of my explorations, at least at one crucial
level, is to understand Nietzsche within the 'story' of
Heidegger's thought, and to pay little attention to any other
compliance despite protests or suggestions that may be
justified given another interpretation of Nietzsche.
For example: everyone knows that the book _The Will to
Power_ is a 'contrivance' on several levels. It was compiled
by others, including Nietzsche's unscrupulous sister; it was
further arranged in translation by Kaufmann (N.B. for those
mostly dependent on English); _WtP_ is a text that some
dismiss completely as 'secondary Nietz' because he did
not publish it and it has been 'massaged' by editors as are
many posthumous publications. Should _WtP_ be "discarded"?
Or should it be viewed as "less than" ?
Heidegger has his own view of the notebooks that comprise
_WtP_. He is cognizant of the troubling midwifery which
avails us this book, but he is more interested in looking at
these notes as fragments of thought, and he is scrupulous
about the date that Nietzsche wrote them. For Heidegger,
the later work of the lucid Nietzsche is the most complete
thought, and that is how he will approach and enter into
dialogue with the thinking of Nietzsche. This may be
annoying or reprehensible and illegitmate for some
Nietzscheans. tsk, tsk.
I want to discover how Heidegger
means us to understand the schematic of Nietzsche's
metaphysics as he discusses it in the _nietzsche_ volumes
and perhaps elsewhere.
The _nietzsche_ schematic is as follows:
1) Beingness (what beings are as such)
2) totality of beings (that & how beings as a whole are)
3) the essential mode of truth
4) the history of truth
5) mankind's being transposed into truth
for the sake of truth's preservation
The Nietzschean doctrines that correspond are these:
2) the eternal return of the same
It appears to me that a discovery of what Heidegger means
by Nietzsche's metaphysics may be made by analyzing these
five doctrines and how they correspond to each other within
the framework of Heidegger's understanding of the history
of metaphysics... or rather, the history of Being.
I'd appreciate any constructive or deconstructive suggestions
and comments-you know, the usual from this crowd.
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