Book Search:  

 

 
Google full text of our books:

bookjacket

The Flame of Eternity:
An Interpretation of Nietzsche's Thought
Krzysztof Michalski
Translated by Benjamin Paloff

Paperback | 2013 | $22.95 / £15.95 | ISBN: 9780691162195
248 pp. | 6 x 9 | Shopping Cart

eBook | ISBN: 9781400840212 |
Our eBook editions are available from these online vendors

Reviews | Table of Contents
Chapter 1 pdf-icon

Google full text of this book:
 

The Flame of Eternity provides a reexamination and new interpretation of Nietzsche's philosophy and the central role that the concepts of eternity and time, as he understood them, played in it. According to Krzysztof Michalski, Nietzsche's reflections on human life are inextricably linked to time, which in turn cannot be conceived of without eternity. Eternity is a measure of time, but also, Michalski argues, something Nietzsche viewed first and foremost as a physiological concept having to do with the body. The body ages and decays, involving us in a confrontation with our eventual death. It is in relation to this brute fact that we come to understand eternity and the finitude of time. Nietzsche argues that humanity has long regarded the impermanence of our life as an illness in need of curing. It is this "pathology" that Nietzsche called nihilism. Arguing that this insight lies at the core of Nietzsche's philosophy as a whole, Michalski seeks to explain and reinterpret Nietzsche's thought in light of it. Michalski maintains that many of Nietzsche's main ideas--including his views on love, morality (beyond good and evil), the will to power, overcoming, the suprahuman (or the overman, as it is infamously referred to), the Death of God, and the myth of the eternal return--take on new meaning and significance when viewed through the prism of eternity.

Krzysztof Michalski is professor of philosophy at Boston University and Warsaw University, as well as rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He is the author of Logic and Time: An Essay on Husserl's Theory of Meaning.

Review:

"There was a deep continuity between the vision set out in The Flame of Eternity and the life [Krzysztof Michalski] lived. . . . His thought informed his life; and his life, as a thinker, a lover, a friend, is integrated in moving ways into his final work."--Tamsin Shaw, New York Review of Books

"[V]aluable. . . . The author rightly grasps Nietzsche's uniqueness and originality, anticipating the crisis of European thought about to unfold with the onset of the 20th century."--Choice

Endorsement:

"This remarkable book is an attempt to understand that most enigmatic of philosophers, Friedrich Nietzsche. It reads for us the central notions of Nietzsche's work, culminating in the Eternal Return of the Same. The special illuminating power of Michalski's interpretation comes not just from his reading Nietzsche in the context of the philosophical tradition, but even more in his placing it in constant comparison to Nietzsche's foil and reference point, the Christ of the Bible. Most strikingly of all, Michalski helps us to grasp Nietzsche by exploring with insight and feeling the dimensions of human experience which this philosopher strove to lay open for us."--Charles Taylor, author of The Secular Age

"There are many books on Nietzsche. Some of them are distinguished by their learning and analytical power, some by their beauty. Very rarely can we find a book that combines both: learning and beauty. We see this unusual virtue in Michalski's book."--Leszek Kolakowski, author of Main Currents of Marxism

More Endorsements

Table of Contents:

Preface vii
Chapter 1: Nihilism 1
Chapter 2: Time Flows, the Child Plays 16
Chapter 3: Good and Evil, Joy and Pain 32
Chapter 4: Reason, Which Hurts 46
Chapter 5: The Time Is at Hand 62
Chapter 6: The Death of God 75
Chapter 7: The Flame of Eternity 90
Chapter 8: Eternal Love 124
Chapter 9: Our Insatiable Desire for More Future:
On the Eternal Return of the Same 150
Notes 209
Index 225

Subject Area:

Shopping Cart:

  • For ebooks:

Our eBook editions are available
from these online vendors:

  • Amazon Kindle Store
  • Apple iBooks
  • Barnes & Noble Nook Store
  • Google Play eBook Store
  • Kno eBook Store
  • Kobo eBook Store
  • Many of our ebooks are available through
    library electronic resources including these platforms:

  • Books at JSTOR
  • Ebrary
  • Ebook Library
  • EBSCO Ebooks
  • MyiLibrary
  • Dawsonera (UK)

  • Shopping Cart:

    • For hardcover/paperback orders:

      For hardcover/paperback orders in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Australia

      Paperback: $22.95 ISBN: 9780691162195

      For hardcover/paperback orders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and India

      Paperback: £15.95 ISBN: 9780691162195

      Prices subject to change without notice

      File created: 3/27/2014

    Questions and comments to: webmaster@press.princeton.edu
    Princeton University Press

    New Book E-mails
    New In Print
    PUP Blog
    Videos/Audios
    Princeton APPS
    Sample Chapters
    Subjects
    Series
    Catalogs
    Textbooks
    For Reviewers
    Class Use
    Rights
    Permissions
    Ordering
    Recent Awards
    Princeton Shorts
    Freshman Reading
    PUP Europe
    About Us
    Contact Us
    Links
    F.A.Q.
    PUP Home


    Bookmark and Share
    Send me emails
    about new books in:
    Philosophy
    More Choices
    Email:
    Country:
    Name: