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The Re-Enchantment of the WorldSecular Magic in a Rational Age$
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Joshua Landy and Michael Saler

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752992

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752992.001.0001

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Nietzsche on Redemption and Transfiguration

Nietzsche on Redemption and Transfiguration

(p.225) Chapter 12 Nietzsche on Redemption and Transfiguration
The Re-Enchantment of the World

R. Lanier Anderson

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines individual redemption, showing that the Christian concept can be replaced with the replacement becoming superior to the original. It looks at Friedrich Nietzsche's “eternal recurrence” thought experiment, in which the reader is asked to imagine how she would react if informed that she will live her life over again, and indeed continue to do so an infinite number of times. To greet this news with ecstasy would be to indicate consonance between her life and her values, and a unified existence; to greet it with horror, by contrast, would be to indicate the need for redemption. Redemption takes the form of an altered understanding of the events which people find it hard to will back. This chapter argues that Nietzschean redemption is not only less fraught with metaphysical assumptions than its Christian counterpart, and not only just as workable, but also considerably more effective.

Keywords:   individual redemption, Friedrich Nietzsche, eternal recurrence, Nietzschean redemption

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