Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Eternal Recurrence of the Same / Edition 1

Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Eternal Recurrence of the Same / Edition 1

by Karl Lowith, Karl Lawith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520065190

ISBN-13: 9780520065192

Pub. Date: 08/20/1997

Publisher: University of California Press


This long overdue English translation of Karl Löwith's magisterial study is a major event in Nietzsche scholarship in the Anglo-American intellectual world. Its initial publication was extraordinary in itself—a dissident interpretation, written by a Jew, appearing in National Socialist Germany in 1935. Since then, Löwith's book has continued to gain…  See more details below

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This long overdue English translation of Karl Löwith's magisterial study is a major event in Nietzsche scholarship in the Anglo-American intellectual world. Its initial publication was extraordinary in itself—a dissident interpretation, written by a Jew, appearing in National Socialist Germany in 1935. Since then, Löwith's book has continued to gain recognition as one of the key texts in the German Nietzsche reception, as well as a remarkable effort to reclaim the philosopher's work from political misappropriation.

For Löwith, the centerpiece of Nietzsche's thought is the doctrine of eternal recurrence, a notion which Löwith, unlike Heidegger, deems incompatible with the will to power. His careful examination of Nietzsche's cosmological theory of the infinite repetition of a finite number of states of the world suggests the paradoxical consequences this theory implies for human freedom. How is it possible to will the eternal recurrence of each moment of one's life, if both this decision and the states of affairs governed by it appear to be predestined? Löwith's book, one of the most important, if seldom acknowledged, sources for recent Anglophone Nietzsche studies, remains a central text for all concerned with understanding the philosopher's work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520065192
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
08/20/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword to the English Translation
Translator's Introduction
Foreword to the First Edition3
Foreword to the Second Edition7
1Nietzsche's Philosophy: A System in Aphorisms11
2The Division of Nietzsche's Writings into Periods21
3The Unifying Fundamental Idea in Nietzsche's Philosophy27
The Liberation from "Thou Shalt" to "I Will"27
The Liberation from the "I Will" to the "I Am" of the Child of the World36
The Death of God and the Prophecy of Nihilism36
"Noon and Eternity," or the Prophecy of the Eternal Recurrence55
The Reversal of the Will to the Nothing into the Willing of the Eternal Recurrence56
The Eternal Recurrence in the Parable of Zarathustra60
The Double Equation for the Allegory of the Eternal Recurrence82
The Problematic Unity in the Discord of the Double Equation94
4The Anti-Christian Repetition of Antiquity on the Peak of Modernity108
5"How One Becomes What One Is" in the Idea of the Eternal Recurrence122
6The Problematic Connection between the Existence of Man and the Being of the World in the History of Modern Philosophy137
7The Eternal Recurrence of the Same and the Repetition of the Selfsame156
8The Critical Yardstick for Nietzsche's Experiment174
AppOn the History of the Interpretation of Nietzsche (1894-1954)195
References231
Author's Notes233
Translator's Notes259
Index of Names273

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