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Nietzsche, Heidegger and the Transition to Postmodernity - Gregory B. Smith

Nietzsche, Heidegger and the Transition to Postmodernity

Paperback Published: 1st January 1995
ISBN: 9780226763408
Number Of Pages: 376

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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.

Modernity, Postmodernism, and Beyondp. 3
The Modern Longing: Protomodernityp. 18
Modernity Deflected: Metaphysical Freedom and Historyp. 33
Modernity's Codification and Closure: The End of History?p. 42
Responses to Modern Closure: Reconciliation or Transcendence?p. 55
The Protean Nietzschep. 67
The Critique: The Early Nietzschep. 73
The Transition: Zarathustra's Five Modes of Speechp. 92
Zarathustra and the Dynamic of Transition: Epigones and Interpretationsp. 128
The Future Possibility: After the Metamorphosisp. 135
Nietzsche's Vision of the Postmodern Futurep. 161
Recovering Heideggerp. 175
The "Early" Heidegger: Recovery and Deconstructionp. 183
Being and Timep. 198
The "Middle" Heidegger: Heidegger's Confrontation with Nietzsche and the Turn to Seinsgeschichtep. 227
Technology as the Culmination of Metaphysicsp. 236
The "Late" Heidegger: Mid-Course Correctionsp. 244
The Transition to Postmetaphysical Thinkingp. 251
From Eigentlichkeit to Gelassenheit: Poetry and Phenomenological Openness to the Worldp. 260
Variations on a Theme: Postmodern Elements in Heidegger's Teachingp. 271
Unending Modernity or Postmodernity? Severing Theory and Praxisp. 281
The Problem of "Nature": Beyond the Sublimation of the Politicalp. 296
Dialectical Thinking: From the Phenomenology of Immediate Experience to Poetryp. 311
Letting the Future Present Itself: Constitutional Government and Postmodernityp. 324
Selected Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780226763408
ISBN-10: 0226763404
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 1st January 1995
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.53

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