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

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415967587
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/8/2005
  • 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).
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Table of Contents

Foreword : confessions of a lifer : thus spoke Hatab
Abbreviations of Nietzsche's works
1 Nietzsche's challenge to the tradition : from metaphysics to naturalism 13
2 Retrieving Greek tragedy 23
3 Morality, nihilism, and life affirmation 39
4 Eternal recurrence in Nietzsche's texts 57
5 Making belief : literal repetition and its existential force 91
6 Calling witnesses : a review of the literature 115
7 The trouble with repetition : confronting critical questions 127
Epilogue : laughter and truth : Nietzsche's philosophical satyr play 155
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