Nietzsche's Word “God is Dead”

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

Nietzsche's Word                 “God is Dead”

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This chapter considers Nietzsche's essay “God is dead” and his other lectures dating from 1941. It remarks on what is taken to represent his thought. What is important in the essay is the primacy of Being. Metaphysics and nihilism are conceived in an event when Being is disclosed. As a result of mittence, man conducts himself with beings because of his relationship to Being itself. The primacy of Being-as-overpowering is expressed under the guise of mittence, the issuing forth of the ontological difference in that event where Being bestows itself. The task of foundational thought is to think Being-as-mittence to prepare for such a bestowal through the accomplishment of re-trieve.

Keywords: Nietzsche; mittence; nihilism; bestowal; primacy; re-trieve

Chapter.  2437 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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