Interpretation of Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation

Interpretation of Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation

Martin Heidegger, edited by Martin Heidegger, translated by Ullrich Haase and Mark Sinclair
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/12/2016
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-02266-0
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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.

Author Bio

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.


“The translators have done an admirable job of striking a balance between eloquence and readability, on the one hand, and fidelity to Heidegger's highly idiosyncratic German, on the other.”
 — Shane Montgomery Ewegen, Trinity College

“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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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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