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L��with on Nietzsche - Dictionary of Arguments

Pfotenhauer IV 22
Nietzsche/Löwith: (K. Löwith, Heidegger, Denker in dürftifer Zeit, Frankfurt 1953, pp. 76ff.):
Karl Löwith deals with Heidegger's Nietzsche interpretation. He doubts the context (sic) that arises from the connection to the western metaphysics Nietzsche with Aristotle, Leibniz or Hegel. (p. 90).
Löwith believes Heidegger overestimates Nietzsche because he demonstrates on him his own motives for thinking. Löwith believes that Nietzsche is more important in the expressions of his subjective concern, which, from a philosophical point of view, would be closer to Pascal or Kierkegaard. (p. 96).
Eternal Return/Nietzsche/Löwith: (K. Löwith, Nietzsche's Philosophy of Eternal Return of the Same, Stuttgart 1956, p. 120ff): Nietzsche would consider the experience of natural rhythms to be important as an impulse for philosophical reflection on transsubjective orders. The preservation and return of the forces would thus determine our physical existence and commit our thinking.
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Pfotenhauer IV 23
Christianity/Nietzsche/Löwith: Nietzsche's critique of Christian spiritualism would basically meet the philosophical-historical view (cf."Von Hegel zu Nietzsche. The revolutionary break in 19th century thinking ", Stuttgart 1964, p. 356ff) of a control and overcoming, given up by us, of given living conditions. This would only nourish self-tormenting resentment towards one's own, unassailable prerequisites for existence. It seduces to nihilism, it tempts projections of a fulfillment of existence in an unattainable future.
Despite all the positivist naturalism (K. Löwith, 1956, p. 208ff), Löwith's concept of an antique conception of nature, which he believes he can recognize and affirm in Nietzsche, is strongly humanistic.
Pfotenhauer: It is based on the model of classic moderation and sublimation of modern subject claims (see: K. Löwith). Consequently, he must protect Nietzsche's return to pre-socratic thinking against his own, often shrill emphasis on will. For it is not the sovereignty claims of the individual that basically determines life. (LöwithVsNietzsche).


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Löw I
Karl Löwith
Heidegger. Denker in dürftiger Zeit Göttingen 1960

Pfot I
Helmut Pfotenhauer
Die Kunst als Physiologie. Nietzsches ästhetische Theorie und literarische Produktion. Stuttgart 1985


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