Heidegger's interpretation of Nietzsche has been canonized in the
philosophical tradition as an almost perfect demonstration of how the
forgetfulness of Being continues the dominant positions of modern
metaphysics. However, the role of reading in the interpretative
process casts a different light on Heidegger's approach to Nietzsche
and his relationship to the philosophical tradition. This paper is concerned with three aspects of Heidegger's work, namely, (i) the role of Kant and Schopenhauer in Nietzsche's critique of metaphysics; (ii) Nietzsche's 'inversion' of Platonism; and (iii) Heidegger's contribution to a hermeneutical reappraisal of Nietzsche's thought.