William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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The main lines of Heidegger's interpretation of Nietzsche appeared first in the essay “Nietzsche's Word ‘God is dead’”. For Nietzsche, God is what he takes to be the God of Christianity, but he interprets it in a non-Christian way. Heidegger claims that it designates for Nietzsche the basic movement of history in the West since Plato, which Heidegger identifies here with the history of metaphysics. The discussion in this chapter centers on the principle of Life-force and its values. Life-force is regarded as having its ground in a Becoming, in the sense of universal dynamism that embraces all beings and constitutes them in their Being. Heidegger uses the classical term “Will-unto-Power” as the essence of its progressive dynamism, and “the eternal recurrence of the selfsame state affairs” as the form of its existence.

Keywords: Nietzsche; will; God is dead; Life-force; Will-unto-Power

Chapter.  8647 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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