Nietzsche's life sentence : coming to terms with eternal by Nietzsche; Nietzsche, Friedrich; Nietzsche, Friedrich

By Nietzsche; Nietzsche, Friedrich; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Hatab, Lawrence J.; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm

During this e-book Lawrence Hatab presents an available and provocative exploration of 1 of the best-known and nonetheless such a lot confusing elements of Nietzsche's notion: everlasting recurrence, the declare that lifestyles perpetually repeats itself identically in each element. Hatab argues that everlasting recurrence can and may be learn actually, in exactly the best way Nietzsche defined it within the texts. The booklet deals a readable therapy of many of the middle themes in Nietzsche's philosophy, all mentioned within the mild of the consummating influence of everlasting recurrence. even if Nietzsche known as everlasting recurrence his such a lot primary notion, such a lot interpreters have discovered it not easy or considered necessary of redescription in different phrases. consequently Hatab's e-book is a crucial and tough contribution to Nietzsche scholarship

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It should be clear that Nietzsche’s concept of eternal recurrence was directed not simply at personal, existential attitudes toward life. It also fit in with his overall philosophical project of calling the Western tradition to accounts for its chronophobic incapacity to withstand the intrinsic limits to human aspirations evident in natural life. Such incapacity was manifest in both otherworldly forms of transcendence and worldly doctrines of progress. Nietzsche’s task was to unmask the presumably positive, optimistic 32 features of Western thought as in fact a consequence of moralistic judgments upon time and becoming, as wishful attempts to surpass or rectify the finite conditions of life.

Far from being merely a philological thesis, this book planted the seeds for every issue that Nietzsche subsequently undertook, from the critiques of Christianity, morality, science, and philosophy to the notions of Übermensch, rank, the death of God, will to power, and eternal recurrence. All are either a variation or direct culmination of themes established in Nietzsche’s first published book, themes revolving around the central issue of the affirmation of becoming. Nietzsche calls The Birth of Tragedy “my first revaluation of all values,” and the “soil” for his intention to be the “disciple for the philosopher Dionysus” and “the teacher of eternal recurrence” (TI 10, 5).

Nietzsche takes the latter option and advances what can be called an existential naturalism: not a reductive naturalism in terms of scientific categories, but an embrace of the finite limit conditions of worldly existence as the new measure of thought. Nietzsche’s conception of will to power embodies this new measure. Traditional philosophy was animated by constructions of binary opposites, with the aim of privileging a positive side over a negative side: being over becoming, eternity over time, constancy over change, good over evil, truth over appearance, and so forth—all providing fixed measures that can resolve negative forces confronting human existence.

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