By Karl Löwith
This lengthy late English translation of Karl Löwith's magisterial examine is a massive occasion in Nietzsche scholarship within the Anglo-American highbrow global. Its preliminary ebook was once striking in itself--a dissident interpretation, written via a Jew, showing in nationwide Socialist Germany in 1935. considering then, Löwith's ebook has persevered to realize reputation as one of many key texts within the German Nietzsche reception, in addition to a amazing attempt to reclaim the philosopher's paintings from political misappropriation.
For Löwith, the center piece of Nietzsche's proposal is the doctrine of everlasting recurrence, a proposal which Löwith, not like Heidegger, deems incompatible with the need to strength. His cautious exam of Nietzsche's cosmological thought of the limitless repetition of a finite variety of states of the area indicates the paradoxical outcomes this conception implies for human freedom. How is it attainable to will the everlasting recurrence of every second of one's existence, if either this determination and the states of affairs ruled via it seem to be predestined? Löwith's booklet, essentially the most very important, if seldom said, assets for fresh Anglophone Nietzsche stories, is still a principal textual content for all involved in figuring out the philosopher's paintings.
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Thus an unwanted necessity manifests itself in the plight, of which he himself was conscious, of his aphoristic thought and writ ing. This necessity, however, is at home precisely in the accident of the idea and not in the system, which in excluding the accident also ex cludes the necessary. Nietzsche 's dissolution of the system ( as a whole that is no longer p ossib le ) into a loose connection of aphorisms and parables ultimately drives to the fore a teaching, the linguistic form of which is as ambigu - 0us a s everything i n the compass o f modernity.
6-"And it is preferable to resemble a black, half-destroyed fortress sitting alone on its mountain, reflective and silent enough; so that even the birds are afraid of this silence . " Carona, October 1 9 5 5 1 Nietzsche 's Philosophy : A System in Aphorisms Nietzsche's philosophy is neither a unified, closed sys tem nor a variety of disintegrating aphorisms, but rather a system in aphorisms . What is peculiar about the philosophic form of these apho risms characterizes their content as welI .
The time of c omm u nity . . an DIVISION OF NIETZSCHE'S WRITINGS INTO PERIODS 24 The second passageway. Shatte r the vene rating heart when you are most tightly bound. The free spirit . Independence . The time of the desert. Critique of everything venerated ( idealization of the unvenerated ) , attempt at reverse valu ations . The third passageway. The big decision whether one is suited for a positive stance , for affirmation. No more god , no more man above me! The instinct of the creator who knows where he sets his hand .
Nietzsche's Philosophy of the Eternal Recurrence of the Same by Karl Löwith