ABSTRACT

In The Will to Power, Nietzsche argues that a growing sense of emptiness in our daily lives, and a powerful nihilism which reflects this in our thinking, may be virtually inevitable, because ‘We have measured the value of the world according to categories that refer to a purely fictitious world.’18 If we recognize the prophetic foresight in Nietzsche’s diagnosis, we will want, I think, to devote ourselves to finding the (more) appropriate measure. Following Nietzsche’s own hints-hints which he did not permit himself, or perhaps was not by circumstance enabled, to follow out-I would like to suggest the possibility that we could open ourselves to the dictates of this (more) appropriate measure, not by a continuation of metaphysical thinking, but rather by a more thoughtful way of walking the earth.