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Nietzsche's Life Sentence: Coming to Terms with Eternal Recurrence Paperback – 27 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (27 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415967597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415967594
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,043,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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).

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As an admirer of the of Nietzche's work, and having read many reviews on his writings and thouhght, I found Hatab's understanding of Nietzche both illuminating, grounding and agreeable. It brings to light the ideas of Nietzche and the dependency of these ideas upon a real and earth bound life; ideas that many critics totally misunderstand and thus misuse.

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.
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HASH(0x9463f4c8) out of 5 stars An interesting book on one of the most interesting ideas from Nietzsche 20 Jun. 2014
By M. Nolte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got this book a while back and found it immensely stimulating - I am no philosophy or Nietzsche expert, but had been captured by the idea of the Eternal Recurrence of the Same for while - the previous book i read on it Nietzsche and the Victious Circle by Klossowski was too difficult i found to follow the trajectory of the arguments and ideas, but this book is on point and i found seldom a dry page.
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HASH(0x92d21e34) out of 5 stars Not for the uninitiate 20 Nov. 2009
By Sid Sandroni - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite the glowing Forward, the public attention and the personal chapter on "why I think like this", only philosophy insiders will efficiently read this jargon-laden book.
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