The pessimistic origin of Nietzsche’s thought of eternal recurrence

  title={The pessimistic origin of Nietzsche’s thought of eternal recurrence},
  author={Scott Jenkins},
  pages={20 - 41}
  • S. Jenkins
  • Published 2 January 2020
  • Philosophy, Psychology, Art
  • Inquiry
ABSTRACT In this article I argue that we should understand Nietzsche’s doctrine of eternal recurrence as the ideal of life affirmation opposed to philosophical pessimism, the view that life is not worth living. I first articulate Nietzsche’s psychological account of pessimism as a vengeful focus on the past and an aversion to time understood as transience. I then consider the question of why a person with the opposite psychological orientation – a creative relation to the future and an… 
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