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Eternal Recurrence

Eternal Recurrence

Update: 2018-02-026
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In this episode of the eRochefoucauld podcast, Evan discusses the Nietzschean idea of eternal recurrence. However (and not un-ironically given the topic), this idea appears throughout history: From the Greeks, to the Bible, to the philosophers of the Enlightenment. It is Nietzsche, however, who takes this idea more seriously than perhaps, anyone. To Nietzsche, the eternal recurrence was not a game. Not a thought while gazing at the universe. Not something left to physics or logic – it was the heaviest burden of our lives. “This life, as thou livest it at present, and hast lived it, thou must live it once more, and also innumerable times; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and every sigh, and all the unspeakably small and great in thy life must come to thee again.” To Nietzsche, this question would either crush us, or transform us. It is a question which we all face, or all avoid.

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Eternal Recurrence

Eternal Recurrence

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