Nietzsche’s Thirst For India

Idealistic Studies 34 (3):239-262 (2004)
S. M. Amadae
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
This essay represents a novel contribution to Nietzschean studies by combining an assessment of Friedrich Nietzsche’s challenging uses of “truth” and the “eternal return” with his insights drawn from Indian philosophies. Specifically, drawing on Martin Heidegger’s Nietzsche, I argue that Nietzsche’s critique of a static philosophy of being underpinning conceptual truth is best understood in line with the Theravada Buddhist critique of “self ” and “ego” as transitory. In conclusion, I find that Nietzsche’s “eternal return” can be understood as a direct inversion of “nirvana”: Nietzsche celebrates profound attachment to each and every moment, independent from its pleasurable or distasteful registry
Keywords Nietzsche Buddhism, Schopenhauer, Eternal Return, Ascetic Ideal, Truth, Nirvana, Ego, Heidegger, Nihilism  Buddhism  Schopenhauer  Eternal Return  Ascetic Ideal  Truth  Heidegger
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DOI 10.5840/idstudies20043438
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