Nietzsche, Heidegger, and the Transition to Postmodernity

ISBN-10: 0226763404

ISBN-13: 9780226763408

Edition: 1996

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Description: Among the most influential and enigmatic thinkers of the modern age, Nietzsche and Heidegger have become pivotal in the struggle to define postmodernism. In this work, Gregory Smith offers the most comprehensive examination to date of the turn to postmodernity in the writings of these philosophers. Smith argues that, while much of postmodern thought is rooted in Nietzsche and Heidegger, it has ironically attempted, whether unwittingly or by design, to deflect their philosophy back onto a modern path. Other alternative paths emanating from both Nietzschean and Heideggerian thought that might more powerfully speak to postmodern culture have been ignored. Nietzsche and Heidegger, Smith suggests, have made possible a far more revolutionary critique of modernity then even their most ardent postmodern admirers have realized. Smith contends that the influences on the postmodern in the thought of Nietzsche and Heidegger are founded in a new vision of praxis liberated from theory. Ultimately, these philosophers do transcend the nihilism often found in the guise of postmodernism. Their thought is, moreover, consistent with the possibility of limited constitutional government and the rule of law. Smith's book takes the first step toward recovering these possibilities and posing the fundamental questions of politics and ethics in ways that have heretofore been closed off by late-modern thought.

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 376
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Abbreviations
Modernity, Postmodernism, and Beyond
The Modern Longing: Protomodernity
Modernity Deflected: Metaphysical Freedom and History
Modernity's Codification and Closure: The End of History?
Responses to Modern Closure: Reconciliation or Transcendence?
The Protean Nietzsche
The Critique: The Early Nietzsche
The Transition: Zarathustra's Five Modes of Speech
Zarathustra and the Dynamic of Transition: Epigones and Interpretations
The Future Possibility: After the Metamorphosis
Nietzsche's Vision of the Postmodern Future
Recovering Heidegger
The "Early" Heidegger: Recovery and Deconstruction
Being and Time
The "Middle" Heidegger: Heidegger's Confrontation with Nietzsche and the Turn to Seinsgeschichte
Technology as the Culmination of Metaphysics
The "Late" Heidegger: Mid-Course Corrections
The Transition to Postmetaphysical Thinking
From Eigentlichkeit to Gelassenheit: Poetry and Phenomenological Openness to the World
Variations on a Theme: Postmodern Elements in Heidegger's Teaching
Unending Modernity or Postmodernity? Severing Theory and Praxis
The Problem of "Nature": Beyond the Sublimation of the Political
Dialectical Thinking: From the Phenomenology of Immediate Experience to Poetry
Letting the Future Present Itself: Constitutional Government and Postmodernity
Selected Bibliography
Index
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