Nietzsche’s Concept Of Eternal Recurrence Essay

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Friedrich Nietzsche is a German philosopher who lived in 1844 to 1900, and his proposition on eternal recurrence was one of his most discussed works. The concept states that the world is eternally self – destroying, then self – creating, over time. He radicalizes the Christian concept of eternity and combines it with simple reasoning to come up with an innovative concept. This paper will discuss in detail what eternal recurrence is and the implications of such a concept on free spirits, and whether adopting such a belief will make a person’s life better or not. The paper will then proceed to offer a response to criticism on Nietzsche’s proposition. The text to be used is the second edition of ‘Existentialism: Basic Writings’ by Charles Guignon and Derk Pereboom. This book offers good rudimentary synopsis of the four major proponents of existentialism: Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, and Kierkegaard, with excerpts from Husserl and Hegel aimed at giving a better explanation on the origin of existentialism. The author offers a simplified explanation on the various philosophical concepts by the philosophers mentioned above, making it easier to understand than would have been possible if one was reading the original works. The specific area of interest from the book is the area that covers Nietzsche’s Gay Science, as it offers insight on his concept of eternal recurrence.
The aim of this paper is to provide a detailed explanation on Nietzsche’s concept of eternal recurrence, and then proceeds to determine whether such a concept results in the betterment of a free spirit’s life, or whether this is not the case. Before determining whether the concept has a positive outcome or not, it is important to provide a detailed explanation of the concept in order to exhibit that it is understood. Once proper understanding of the concept is displayed, the paper will pick on a position on the concept, whether it results in a better life or not, and proceed to offer explanations that validate this position. For the paper to portray balance and respect to divergent opinions, it will offer an argument that counters the chosen position, and then offer a response to this counter argument. Upon completion of these, the paper will offer a conclusion that summarizes its contents and tie up all concepts presented.
Eternal recurrence is a notion that states that the world is recurrent and will continue in such manner to form a self – similar and infinite time. It was founded in ancient Indian and Egyptian philosophy and was heavily employed by Nietzsche, who used it as a central faucet of his philosophy. If such a concept was indeed true, and man lived a constantly recurring life, then its adoption would result in a better life. This is because a person would try to maximize the number of good experience, as every pleasure – inducing experience will recur throughout (Guignon &Pereboom 2001). When a person believes that the same...

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