Nietzsche's Life Sentence: Coming to Terms with Eternal Recurrence Paperback – 27 Jun 2005
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"'[Nietzsche's Life Sentence] should find a large audience among students and scholars interested in Nietzsche's works.' - Alan Schrift, Grinnell College, USA; '[Hatab] possesses a unique talent for introducing non specialists to difficult philosophical issues while honouring the lived sense of urgency from which these issues originally emerged. This philosophical style is extremely well-suited to a treatment of the idea of eternal recurrence, which Nietzsche fully intended to affect his readers at an intuitive and emotional level.' - Dan Conway, Penn State University"
About the Author
Lawrence J. Hatab is Louis I. Jaffe Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Old Dominion University. He is well known for his work in continental philosophy, and is a leading interpreter of Nietzsche. His best-known book is A Nietzschean Defence of Democracy (1995).
Top Customer Reviews
The book itself is well laid out and accesible, and for any student, or layperson, studying Nietzche, 'Nietzche's Life Sentence' gives a clear and informative view of Nietzche's basic ideas. For example, Nietzche's criticism of 'teleology explanations of existence', [whether religious, political or scientific]and how they relate to the 'Death of God' and 'Shadow of God', are made easilly accesible. And Nietzche's so called, and normally misunderstood, relitivism, [as being just being a 'free for all anything goes' notion], are explained here by Hatab with great clarity. While more established critics of so called 'Nietzcheism' might be supprised at what,as Hatab explains, Nietzche really thought about religion and nihilism.
A few sections in the book, and some of the language, could seem quite complex for anyone new to philosophy, but these complexities do make sense with time, further reading, and thus understanding, of the issues involved.
And as for the centeral issue, 'Eternal Recurrence', Hatab here again is convincing in explaining that this notion is not purely a moral stop check to replace the moral stop checks of both religious and political societies; it's importance is more concrete and lived than purely abstract and imagined.
Many schollars of Nietzche just think they understand what Nietzche was about, where as Hatab, in this book, shows he really does understand. Whether your interest in Nietzche is for or against, read 'Nietzches Life Sentence' for yourself, to know what he really meant. You may be supprised.