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    Hope these copied fragments might be of interest ... ~ True, the sciences must make use of a particular notion of force, motion, space, and time; but they can
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      Hope these copied fragments might be of interest ...

      ~ True, the sciences must make use of a particular notion of force,
      motion, space, and time; but they can never say what force, motion,
      space, and time are; they cannot ask* what such things are as long
      as they remain sciences and avoid trespassing into the realm of
      philosophy. The fact that every science as such, being the specific
      science it is, gains no access to its fundamental concepts and to
      what those concepts grasp, goes hand in hand with the fact that no
      science can assert something about itself with the help of its own
      scientific resources. What mathematics is can never be determined
      mathematically, what philology is can never be discussed
      philologically, what biology is can never be uttered biologically.
      To ask what a science is, is *to ask a question* that is no longer a
      scientific* question. ~

      ~ If therefore the natural and the human sciences, already wholly
      subservient to technology, are exposed to such unusual stress and
      such undisguised exploitation - and in our current predicament thay
      are inevitably thus exposed - we can prevent the disconnecting
      situation from becoming truly catastrophic only if the greatest
      counterweights are brought to bear on the innermost core of the
      sciences. And this can occur only if the sciences become thoroughly
      Precisely because chemistry and physics have become necessary to
      such a vast extent, philosophy is far from superfluous; it is even
      more necessary - "needful" in a quite profound sense - than, for
      example, chemistry itself. The latter, left to itself, is soon
      exhausted. It makes no difference whether it takes a decade or a
      century before the process of such potential atrophy becomes visible
      to the casual observer: so far as the essence of such atrophy is
      concerned *we must fend it off wherever it emerges.*. ~

      ~ In order to hold at bay the scientific misconception of
      Nietzsche's train of thought it is not even necessary to refer to
      the straightforward state of affairs represented in Nietzsche's
      reflections - namely, the fact that he never limits those
      reflections to the region of knowledge attained by physics or the
      other natural sciences. On the contrary, he is concerned with the
      totality of beings. "Everything has returned: Sirius and the spider
      and your thoughts during this past hour and this very thought of
      yours, that everything recurs" (XII, 62). Since when are "thoughts"
      and "hours" objects of physics or biology? ~

      Extracts, "Nietzsche", by Martin Heidegger,
      Volume Two, The Eternal Recurrence of the Same,
      Chapter 15, The Ostensibly Scientific Procedure of Proof.
      Philosophy and Science [pp 111-114].
      Tr. David Farrell Krell. Harper & Row, 1984.


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