Dennis Wendt, Jr.
Phil 350R, Section 1
13 April 2005
Heidegger, Hermeneutic Dialogue,
In 1873 Nietzsche translated a line of ancient Greek
text, attributed to Anaximander over 2600 years ago. His
translation reads, “Whence things have their coming into
being there they must also perish according to necessity;
for they must pay a penalty and be judged for their
injustice, according to the ordinance of time” (Heidegger
Of course, Nietzsche did not actually say this; his
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but not the right (4.1). Use a font type and size that is easy to read, such as Times New Roman,
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