Klossowski on Nietzsche’s “Eternal Return,” Heidegger on “Ecstatic Temporality” in Being and Time, Jesus’s Preexistent Logos and Anticipation of Death in the Gospels of the New Testament


Author: Rajesh Sampath
Page Range: 73-81
Published in: International Journal of Ethics, 17#2-3
ISSN: 1535-4776

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Pierre Klossowski’s 1968 work – Nietzsche and the Vicious Circle – is as mysterious today as it was when it first appeared. Indeed, Foucault said at the time was the ‘greatest philosophical work that he had ever read’ (Klossowski, 1997, p. vii). By that time, Foucault was already a giant in the Western European context and eventually in the U.S. and the U.K., which says a lot about the much lesser-known Pierre Klossowski (1905-2001). That’s still the case today. Given various important interpretations of Nietzsche prior to Klossowski, such as Heidegger’s lectures in the late 30s and Deleuze’s early work, Nietzsche and Philosophy (1962), Klossowski would offer yet another original take on Nietzsche’s most vexing question, namely the puzzle of the ‘Eternal Return.’ That, arguably, is Nietzsche’s most difficult and elusive idea to grasp.

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