Interpretation of Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation

Interpretation of Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation

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Martin Heidegger's Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation presents crucial elements for understanding Heidegger's thinking from 1936 to 1940. Heidegger offers a radically different reading of a text that he had read decades earlier, showing how his relationship with Nietzche's has changed, as well as how his understandings of the differences between animals and humans, temporality and history, and the Western philosophical tradition developed. With his new reading, Heidegger delineates three Nietzschean modes of history, which should be understood as grounded in the structure of temporality or historicity and also offers a metaphysical determination of life and the essence of humankind. Ullrich Hasse and Mark Sinclair offer a clear and accessible translation despite the fragmentary and disjointed quality of the original lecture notes that comprise this text.
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  • Hardback | 328 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 22.35mm | 39g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253022665
  • 9780253022660
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Table of contents

Translators' Introduction
A. Preliminary Remarks
1. Remarks Preliminary to the Exercises
2. Title
3. The Appearance of our Endeavours

B. Section I. Structure. Preparation and Preview of the Guiding Question.
4. Historiology--The Historical
On the Unhistorical/Supra-historical and the Relation to Both
5. Section I. 1
6. Section I. 2
7. Section I
8. Comparing
9. The Determination of the Essence of the Human Being on the Basis of Animality
and the Dividing Line between Animal and Human Being
10. Nietzsche's Procedure. On the Determination of the Historical
from the Perspective of Forgetting and Remembering
11. `Forgetting'--`Remembering'. The Question of `Historiology' as the
Question of the `Human Being'. The Course of our Inquiry. One Path among Others.
12. Questions Relating to Section I
13. Forgetting
14. Nietzsche on Forgetting
15. `Forgetting' and `Remembering'
16. Historiology and `the' Human Being
17. `The Human Being'. `Culture'. The `People' and `Genius'
18. Culture--Non-Culture, Barbarism
19. Human Being and Culture and the People
20. Nietzsche's Concept of `Culture'
21. The Formally General Notion of `Culture'. `Culture' and `Art'
22. `The' Human Being and a Culture--a `People'
23. `Art' (and Culture)
24. Genius in Schopenhauer
25. The People and Great Individuals
26. Great Individuals as the Goal of `Culture', of the People, of Humanity
27. `Worldview' and Philosophy

C. Section II. The Three Modes of Historiology 1. Monumental Historiology
28. The Question of the Essence of `the Historical',
i.e. of the Essence of Historiology
29. Section II. Structure (7 Paragraphs)

D. Section III
30. The Essence of Antiquarian Historiology
31. Critical Historiology

E. Nietzsche's Three Modes of Historiology and the Question of Historical Truth
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Review quote

Haase and Sinclair render the German into a readable and fluent English. They make potentially clunky and jargon laden passages from the original seem natural, and also do a good job of dealing with the specific difficulties thrown up by this text. In particular, they confront well the problem of distinguishing between Historie, the study of the past, and Geschichte, which is the past in general, as it underpins reality. * Phenomenological Reviews *
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About Martin Heidegger

Ullrich Haase is Head of Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is author of Starting with Nietzsche and editor of the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.

Mark Sinclair is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University and Associate Editor at the British Journal for the History of Philosophy. He is author of Heidegger, Aristotle and the Work of Art.
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