Journal of Nietzsche Studies
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.
Original Publication Citation
Remhof, J. (2018). Nietzsche on loneliness, self-transformation, and the eternal recurrence. Journal of Nietzsche Studies, 49(2), 194-213. https://doi.org/10.5325/jnietstud.49.2.0194
Remhof, Justin, "Nietzsche on Loneliness, Self-Transformation, and the Eternal Recurrence" (2018). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 75.