Nietzsche and Wittgenstein: Philosophers of the Future
I am still waiting for a philosophical physician in the exceptional sense of that word -- one who has to pursue the problem of the whole health of a people, time race, or of humanity -- to muster the courage to push my suspicion to its limits and to risk the proposition: what was at stake in all philosophy hitherto was not at all "truth" but something else -- let us say, health, future, growth, power, life.
-- Nietzsche, 1974, p. 35
[There is no being] behind the doing, acting, becoming . . . the doing is everything.
-- Nietzsche, 1992, p. 179
The problems arising through a misinterpretation of our forms of language have the character of depth. They are deep disquietudes; their roots are as deep in us as the forms of our language, and their significance is as great as the importance of our language.
-- Wittgenstein, 1953, #111
It is not surprising that in Anglo-American philosophy there have been very few attempts to link Nietzsche and Wittgenstein or to examine the philosophy of one in terms of the other. Philosophers in the analytic tradition who read Wittgenstein have not been inclined to read Nietzsche (this is certainly the case until recent reception of Nietzsche in Anglo-American philosophy); and those who read Nietzsche sympathetically tended not to view Wittgenstein as an analytic philosopher.