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James T. Hong on Friedrich Nietzsche

Considering the last metaphysician of the West

Image of the gravesite of FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE in Röcken, Germany. Courtesy James T. Hong. 

Nearly 30 years ago, I seriously began to question the origins and ideological assumptions of the West. What does it mean to be Western? What does it mean to be modern? These inquiries led me to Martin Heidegger and his fundamental question: “Why are there beings rather than nothing?”

From Heidegger, I learned that my original questions were actually metaphysical in nature, and that…

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