Journal of Nietzsche Studies 49 (2):194 (2018)

Justin Remhof
Old Dominion University
Nietzsche’s presentation of the eternal recurrence in Gay Science 341 is often viewed as a practical thought experiment meant to radically transform us. But exactly why and how we are supposed to be transformed is not clear. I contend that addressing these issues requires taking a close look at the psychological setting of the passage. The eternal recurrence is presented in our “loneliest loneliness.” I argue that facing the eternal recurrence from a state of profound loneliness both motivates self-transformation and contributes toward helping us succeed at that project.
Keywords Nietzsche  loneliness  eternal recurrence  self-transformation  morality  empirical psychology
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DOI 10.5325/jnietstud.49.2.0194
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