Nietzsche's Life Sentence: Coming to Terms with Eternal Recurrence

Nietzsche's Life Sentence: Coming to Terms with Eternal Recurrence

by Lawrence Hatab
     
 

In this book Lawrence Hatab provides an accessible and provocative exploration of one of the best-known and still most puzzling aspects of Nietzsche's thought: eternal recurrence, the claim that life endlessly repeats itself identically in every detail. Hatab argues that eternal recurrence can and should be read literally, in just the way Nietzsche described it

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In this book Lawrence Hatab provides an accessible and provocative exploration of one of the best-known and still most puzzling aspects of Nietzsche's thought: eternal recurrence, the claim that life endlessly repeats itself identically in every detail. Hatab argues that eternal recurrence can and should be read literally, in just the way Nietzsche described it in the texts. The book offers a readable treatment of most of the core topics in Nietzsche's philosophy, all discussed in the light of the consummating effect of eternal recurrence. Although Nietzsche called eternal recurrence his most fundamental idea, most interpreters have found it problematic or needful of redescription in other terms. For this reason Hatab's book is an important and challenging contribution to Nietzsche scholarship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415967587
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/08/2005
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence J. Hatab is Louis I. Jaffe Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Old Dominion University. He is well known for his work in continental philosophy, and is a leading interpreter of Nietzsche. His best-known book is A Nietzschean Defence of Democracy (1995).

Table of Contents

Foreword : confessions of a lifer : thus spoke Hatab
Abbreviations of Nietzsche's works
1Nietzsche's challenge to the tradition : from metaphysics to naturalism13
2Retrieving Greek tragedy23
3Morality, nihilism, and life affirmation39
4Eternal recurrence in Nietzsche's texts57
5Making belief : literal repetition and its existential force91
6Calling witnesses : a review of the literature115
7The trouble with repetition : confronting critical questions127
Epilogue : laughter and truth : Nietzsche's philosophical satyr play155

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