For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

Nietzsche: Volumes Three and Four

by Heidegger, Martin (1991)

Abstract

A landmark discussion between two great thinkers--the second (combining volumes III and IV) of two volumes inquiring into the central issues of Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy.

Key Passage

[From Lecture Analysis By DAVID FARRELL KRELL]-When in "The Question Concerning Technology" Heidegger insists that the essence of technology is nothing technological, that it is rather a "destining of revealing" and hence a turning toward the "saving power" of disclosure as such, is there not a  tendency and a  hope to reach that "immovable center" of technology-its core, its heart, its saving grace, its meaning? Whatever the answer to that question may be, it is important here to emphasize Heidegger's reluctance to assume Ernst Junger's embat-tled yet heroic posture. Indeed, Junger's Nietzscheanism is one that Heidegger can neither embrace nor even recognize. On the contrary, Junger's ostensible Nietzscheanism goes a  long way to explaining why Heidegger comes to take will to power as will-to-will and machination, eternal return as a  symbol of the dynamo, and overman as the tech-· nical giant bent on world conquest. Given this sort of context, it  be-comes increasingly difficult to hear the music of Zarathustra's new lyre. (p.267)

Keywords

Heidegger, Nietzsche, Technology, Skill, Education

Themes

The Nietzsche Lectures, Heidegger Citations

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