Book Reviews Damir Barbari, Im Angesicht des Unendlichen: Zur Metaphysikkritik Nietzsches. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2011. 160 pp. ISBN: 978-3-8260-4677-3. Paper, 24.80. This book collects ten separate essays concerned with the problem of the infinite, or eternal becoming, which Damir Barbari sees as "Nietzsche's fundamental philosophical intuition" and, indeed, as almost his "only problem" (10; quotations from Barbari are my translations). Barbari's aim is to read Nietzsche as a metaphysician in the classical sense--that is, as a systematic philosopher concerned with reality as a whole, with being and becoming. In this respect, Barbari follows Heidegger's lead, although his conclusions differ significantly from Heidegger's. In order to investigate the nature of the infinite, Barbari pursues several approaches: he studies and interprets some recurring metaphors in Nietzsche's work, such as the "silence" and the "night" that follow the sunset of Christianity with its "diurnal" system of values, and the "sea" into which all human knowledge seems to sink in the time of nihilism; he analyzes in detail the meaning and role of specific concepts in Nietzsche's philosophy, and particularly "Dionysian Rausch," "Heimatlosigkeit," the "death of God," and the "will to truth"; and, finally, he compares aspects of Nietzsche's thought with
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