Nietzsche’s Philosophy of the Eternal Recurrence of the Same by Karl Löwith

“This long overdue English translation of Karl Löwith’s magisterial study is a major event in Nietzsche scholarship. 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.”

Foreword to the English Translation by Bernd Magnus

Translator’s Introduction by J. Harvey Lomax

Foreword to the First Edition
Foreword to the Second Edition

1. Nietzsche’s Philosophy: A System in Aphorisms
2. The Division of Nietzsche’s Writings into Periods
3. The Unifying Fundamental Idea in Nietzsche ‘s Philosophy
3.1 The Liberation from ” Thou Shalt” to “I Will”
3.2 The Liberation from the “I Will” to the “I Am” of the Child of the World
3.3 The Death of God and the Prophecy of Nihilism
3.4 “Noon and Eternity,” or the Prophecy of the Eternal Recurrence
3.4.1 The Reversal of the Will to the Nothing into the Willing of the Eternal Recurrence
3.4.2 The Eternal Recurrence in the Parable of Zarathustra
3.4.3 The Double Equation for the Allegory of the Eternal Recurrence
3.4.4 The Problematic Unity in the Discord of the Double Equation

4. The Anti-Christian Repetition of Antiquity on the Peak of Modernity

5. “How One Becomes What One Is” in the Idea of the Eternal Recurrence

6. The Problematic Connection between the Existence of Man and the Being of the World in the History of Modern Philosophy

7. The Eternal Recurrence of the Same and the Repetition of the Selfsame

8. The Critical Yardstick for Nietzsche’s Experiment

Appendix: On the History of the Interpretation of Nietzsche (1894-1954)

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Published by: Cengiz Erdem

Received his master's and doctoral degrees from The University of East Anglia in England, Norwich. He specializes in culture and communication, creative writing and critical theory, cinema, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. He has written many articles and is the author of five books... |~| *** |~| Kültür ve iletişim, eleştirel teori, edebiyat ve yaratıcı yazarlık alanlarında uzmanlaşmış, yüksek lisans ve doktorasını İngiltere’de tamamlamıştır. Felsefe, iletişim, sinema, psikanaliz ve edebiyat alanlarında yazdığı pek çok makalenin yanı sıra yayımlanmış beş kitabı vardır...

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