This book is a thorough study of Nietzsche's thoughts on nihilism, the history of the concept, the different ways in which he tries to explain his ideas on nihilism. European Nihilism and the Meaning of the European Idea: A Study of Nietzsche's 'Good Europeanism' in Response to the. Debate in the Post-Cold War Era. In Nietzsche, 'European nihilism' has at its core valuelessness, meaninglessness and senselessness. This article argues that Nietzsche is not.


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According to this view, our existence action, suffering, willing, feeling has no meaning: He approaches the problem of nihilism as deeply personal, stating that this predicament of the modern world european nihilism nietzsche a problem that has "become conscious" in him.

I believe it is one of the greatest crises, a moment of the deepest self-reflection of humanity. Whether man recovers from it, whether he becomes master of this crisis, is a question of his strength! He wished to hasten its coming only so that he could also hasten its ultimate departure.

This alternate, 'active' nihilism on the other european nihilism nietzsche destroys to level the field for constructing something new. This form of nihilism is characterized by Nietzsche as "a sign of strength," [52] a willful european nihilism nietzsche of the old values to wipe the slate clean and lay down one's own beliefs and interpretations, contrary to the passive nihilism that resigns itself with the decomposition of the old values.

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It may be questioned, though, whether "active nihilism" is indeed the correct term for this stance, and some question whether Nietzsche takes the problems nihilism poses seriously enough.

Only recently has Heidegger's influence on Nietzschean nihilism research faded. Heidegger's method of researching and teaching Nietzsche is explicitly his own. European nihilism nietzsche does not specifically try to present Nietzsche as Nietzsche.

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He rather tries to incorporate Nietzsche's thoughts into his own philosophical system of Being, Time and Dasein. The principle of this devaluation is, according to Heidegger, the Will to Power.

The Will to Power is also the principle of every earlier european nihilism nietzsche of values. One of Heidegger's main critiques on philosophy is that philosophy, and more specifically metaphysics, has european nihilism nietzsche to discriminate between investigating the notion of a being Seiende and Being Sein.

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According to Heidegger, the history of Western thought can be seen european nihilism nietzsche the history of metaphysics. And because metaphysics has forgotten to ask about the notion of Being what Heidegger calls Seinsvergessenheitit is a history about the destruction of Being. That is why Heidegger calls metaphysics nihilistic.

Gianni Vattimo points at a back-and-forth movement in European thought, between European nihilism nietzsche and Heidegger.

Friedrich Nietzsche and European Nihilism

During the s, a Nietzschean 'renaissance' began, culminating in the work of Mazzino Montinari and Giorgio Colli. They began work on a new and complete edition of Nietzsche's collected works, making Nietzsche more accessible for scholarly research. european nihilism nietzsche

Vattimo explains that with this new edition of Colli and Montinari, a critical reception of Heidegger's interpretation of Nietzsche began to take shape.

Like european nihilism nietzsche contemporary French and Italian philosophers, Vattimo does not want, or only partially wants, european nihilism nietzsche rely on Heidegger for understanding Nietzsche. On the other hand, Vattimo judges Heidegger's intentions authentic enough to keep pursuing them.

Italian philosophers of this same movement are CacciariSeverino and himself.


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