Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …


Internationales Jahrbuch für die Nietzsche-Forschung

Ed. by Emden, Christian J. / Lemm, Vanessa / Heit, Helmut / Zittel, Claus

Editorial Board: Abel, Günter / Anderson, R. Lanier / Ansell-Pearson, Keith / Bamford, Sarah Rebecca / Benne, Christian / Berry, Jessica / Brusotti, Marco / Constancio, Joao / Conway, Daniel / Gentili, Carlo / Giacoia Junior, Oswaldo / Groddeck, Wolfram / Jensen, Anthony / Marton, Scarlett / Richardson, John / Saar, Martin / Siemens, Herman / Sommer, Andreas Urs / Stegmaier, Werner / Thorgeirsdottir, Sigridur / Tongeren, Paul J.M. / Venturelli, Aldo / Wienand, Isabelle / Wotling, Patrick

CiteScore 2018: 0.07

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.103
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.105

See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 46, Issue 1


Eternal Recurrence and the Limits of Critical Analysis

Donata Schoeller
Published Online: 2018-01-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nietzstu-2017-0111


Nietzsche’s concept of overcoming and his analysis of traditional disembodied thinking patterns and values stand in an uneasy tension. How can anything be overcome, if it is analysed? Nietzsche himself not only seems sceptical about this possibility, but outright pessimistic. His concept of the eternal recurrence undercuts the possibility of overcoming our habituated ways of thinking, behaving and acting. Therefore, the overhuman as a concept itself needs to be overcome, as Zarathustra sees clearly in his most silent hour. This paper strives to show that feminist and phenomenological approaches are able to pick up where Nietzsche’s thinking stopped and went no further. These approaches involve a shift from an analytical to a transformational mode of thinking. This means that one not only thinks about, but is with the body. In order to explain what this method involves I turn to Judith Butler, Luce Irigaray, Claire Petitmengin, and Eugene Gendlin.

Keywords : Overcoming; eternal recurrence; analysis; body; binary structures; transformation; closeness; distance; micro-phenomenology; responsivity; embodied thinking

About the article

Published Online: 2018-01-19

Published in Print: 2017-12-20

Citation Information: Nietzsche-Studien, Volume 46, Issue 1, Pages 153–166, ISSN (Online) 1613-0790, ISSN (Print) 0342-1422, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/nietzstu-2017-0111.

Export Citation

© 2018 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston.Get Permission

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Vera Saller and Donata Schoeller
European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, 2018, Volume X, Number 1

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in