From Allan Bloom. The Closing of the American Mind. 1987.
Heidegger: Like Nietzsche, Heidegger sought an alternative for "Plato and Aristotle, which he . . . believed to be at the root of Christianity and modern science" (310). Heidegger turned to the pre-socratics in order to figure out what Plato was responding to. Not interested so much in the response, but rather in the cultural medium Plato lived in.
"I must reiterate that Rousseau, Kant, Hegel and Nietzsche are thinkers of the very highest order. This is, in fact, precisely my point. We must relearn what this means and also that there are others who belong in the same rank" (240).Who? (Goto page 325?)