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The Flame of EternityAn Interpretation of Nietzsche's Thought$
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Krzysztof Michalski

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691143460

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691143460.001.0001

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The Flame of Eternity

The Flame of Eternity

(p.90) VII The Flame of Eternity
The Flame of Eternity

Krzysztof Michalski

, Benjamin Paloff
Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the concept of “passing,” that knowledge that the world as one knows it—and the self with it—will pass away. Moreover, one cannot be freed from the suspicion of unreality that usually accompanies the experience of passing, from the suspicion that this experience is merely the result of (our) limited point of view, while in reality nothing is really passing. In addition, the chapter introduces the metaphor of “fire” which is associated with, among other things, life—here discussed by Hegel, Heidegger, and of course, Nietzsche himself. “Life,” Nietzsche writes in The Gay Science, “means for us constantly transforming all that we are into light and flame.”

Keywords:   passing, life, fire, time, eternity

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