Video | Nietzsche and Heidegger on Nihilism

In a recently published conversation, Ivo De Gennaro and Johannes Niederhauser discuss the different notions of nihilism formulated by Nietzsche and Heidegger.

While for Nietzsche nihilism means that „beings amount to nothing“ (i.e. are senseless), for Heidegger the notion of nihilism implies that „being itself amounts to nothing“ (i.e. stays away), so that Nietzsche’s own thinking, and indeed the entire tradition of metaphysics (the thinking of beings as such), turns out to be – unknowingly – nihilistic. The conversation also establishes a link between nihilism and the presently much discussed „meaning crisis“