Nietzsche's New Grounding of The Metaphysical: Sensuousness and the Subversion of Plato and Platonism

In: Research in Phenomenology
Author: Marylou Sena
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This essay gives an extensive treatment of Heidegger's confrontation (


) with Nietzsche' thought. It argues that Heidegger's confrontation entails situating what Heidegger calls Nietzsche's "transformed" understanding of the sensuous outside the metaphysics of both Plato and Platonism. The essay establishes, by the end of the second section, that Heidegger's confrontation with Nietzsche's thought culminates with the insight that for Nietzsche sensuousness is metaphysical. The third section of the essay takes as its point of departure Heidegger's intimation at the conclusion of

The Will to Power as Art

, where he advances the


that Nietzsche's new grounding of the metaphysical in sensuousness

brings along with it

"readiness for the gods." The essay offers explicit support for Heidegger's intimation through an analysis of three essential steps, outlined by Nietzsche in

The Birth of Tragedy

, in which sensuousness proves to be indicative of a way of access to the gods, the dual gods, Apollo and Dionysus, at the origin of Greek tragedy.

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