Winter 1984 • Vol. VI No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 1, 1984 |

Beyond Psychology: Heidegger on Nietzsche

And so man outgrows everything that once enclosed and embraced him. He does not need to burst the fetters; unawares, at a god's bidding, they fall away. Where then is the ring that finally clasps him round? Is it the world? Is it God?             — Nietzsche, autobiographical sketch, 1863 I think of myself as the scrawl which an unknown power scribbles across a sheet of paper, to try out a new pen.                     — letter to Peter Gast, 1881 What is disagreeable and offends my modesty is that at bottom I am every name in history.                   — letter to Jacob Burckhardt, 1889 What are the boundaries of the self: of that which is seemingly nearest—and therefore perhaps hardest to grasp? Can there be a psychology without an ego? If so, whose psyche is then at issue? That Nietzsche thought of himself as a "born psychologist" is indisputable. Psych

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