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

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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: 8/20/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl Löwith (1897-1973) taught philosophy at the University of Marburg until his forced exile in 1934, and then at the New School for Social Research and the University of Heidelberg. His books include From Hegel to Nietzsche (1964), Meaning and History (1957), and Max Weber and Karl Marx (1982). J. Harvey Lomax is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis. Bernd Magnus is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the English Translation
Translator's Introduction
Foreword to the First Edition 3
Foreword to the Second Edition 7
1 Nietzsche's Philosophy: A System in Aphorisms 11
2 The Division of Nietzsche's Writings into Periods 21
3 The Unifying Fundamental Idea in Nietzsche's Philosophy 27
The Liberation from "Thou Shalt" to "I Will" 27
The Liberation from the "I Will" to the "I Am" of the Child of the World 36
The Death of God and the Prophecy of Nihilism 36
"Noon and Eternity," or the Prophecy of the Eternal Recurrence 55
The Reversal of the Will to the Nothing into the Willing of the Eternal Recurrence 56
The Eternal Recurrence in the Parable of Zarathustra 60
The Double Equation for the Allegory of the Eternal Recurrence 82
The Problematic Unity in the Discord of the Double Equation 94
4 The Anti-Christian Repetition of Antiquity on the Peak of Modernity 108
5 "How One Becomes What One Is" in the Idea of the Eternal Recurrence 122
6 The Problematic Connection between the Existence of Man and the Being of the World in the History of Modern Philosophy 137
7 The Eternal Recurrence of the Same and the Repetition of the Selfsame 156
8 The Critical Yardstick for Nietzsche's Experiment 174
App On the History of the Interpretation of Nietzsche (1894-1954) 195
References 231
Author's Notes 233
Translator's Notes 259
Index of Names 273
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