Nietzsche's Concept of Eternal Recurrence

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Friedrich Nietzsche is a German philosopher who lived in 1844 to 1900, and his proposition on eternal recurrence was one of his most discussed works. The concept states that the world is eternally self – destroying, then self – creating, over time. He radicalizes the Christian concept of eternity and combines it with simple reasoning to come up with an innovative concept. This paper will discuss in detail what eternal recurrence is and the implications of such a concept on free spirits, and whether adopting such a belief will make a person’s life better or not. The paper will then proceed to offer a response to criticism on Nietzsche’s proposition. The text to be used is the second edition of ‘Existentialism: Basic Writings’ by Charles …show more content…
For the paper to portray balance and respect to divergent opinions, it will offer an argument that counters the chosen position, and then offer a response to this counter argument. Upon completion of these, the paper will offer a conclusion that summarizes its contents and tie up all concepts presented. Eternal recurrence is a notion that states that the world is recurrent and will continue in such manner to form a self – similar and infinite time. It was founded in ancient Indian and Egyptian philosophy and was heavily employed by Nietzsche, who used it as a central faucet of his philosophy. If such a concept was indeed true, and man lived a constantly recurring life, then its adoption would result in a better life. This is because a person would try to maximize the number of good experience, as every pleasure – inducing experience will recur throughout (Guignon &Pereboom 2001). When a person believes that the same experiences will recur in other lives, then one will want to ensure that most of these experiences are mostly gratifying, such that, through each recurrence, the person will continue experiencing the same pleasure. The free spirit will aim at engaging in activities that will result in a fulfilled life, meaning that a person will become more ambitious, more