Nietzsche and the Metaphysics of Truth

For Heidegger, the history of western philosophy is “from Plato until Nietzsche the history of metaphysics”. More precisely, the history that connects Plato to Nietzsche is the “unfolding of the essence of metaphysics as the history of the truth of entities as such as a whole”. One might think that Nietzsche would be an obvious ally for Heidegger in his project of criticizing the metaphysical tradition, given Nietzsche’s own attacks on metaphysical understandings of truth. And yet, Heidegger insists that Nietzsche too remains entangled in a metaphysical account of truth. Understanding why this is so illuminates both Heidegger’s understanding of metaphysics and his views on truth.

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