Heidegger's Nietzsche, the Doctrine of Eternal Return, and the Phenomenology of Human Finitude

Nietzsche’s doctrine of the eternal return of the same, seen through the lens of Heidegger’s interpretation, captures the groundlessness of existence in a technological world devoid of normative significance. The author contends that the temporality depicted poetically in the thought of eternal return is the traumatic temporality of human finitude, to which Nietzsche was exposed at the age of 4 when the death of his father shattered his world. Nietzsche’s metaphysical position is seen as a metaphorical window into the phenomenology of finitude and of the struggle to overcome it.
Keywords finitude   temporality   trauma   Heidegger   eternal return   Nietzsche   nihilism
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DOI 10.1163/156916210X503119
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