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"Nietzsche and Ernst Jünger: From nihilism to totalitarianism"

by Ohana, David (1989)


The aesthetic-nihilistic revolution in western culture initiated by Nietzsche in the nineteenth century was transformed by Ernst Jtinger into a modern vision of technology and a new political pattern of totalitarian nihilism. Over and above 'nihilism'and 'totalitarianism' as such …

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In the Feschtschrift for Junger’s sixtieth birthday, Heidegger wrote: ‘Your work Der Arbeiter (1932) provides a description of European nihilism in the stage which succeeded the First World War. “Die totale Mobilmachung” (1930) is derived from your study; Der Arbeiter belongs to the stage of active nihilism’.20 Heidegger connected Junger’s modern technological vision with Nietzsche’s metaphysics. As he said: ‘The being in its entirety appears to you within the light and shade of the will-to-power, which Nietzsche interpreted as a doctrine of values’. (p.754)


Nietzsche, Jünger, Nihilism, Totalitarianism, Heidegger, Political Theory, Technology, Revolution


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