Death and Eternal Recurrence

Lars Bergström

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195388923
Published online December 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Death and Eternal Recurrence


This chapter, which examines the concept of eternal recurrence and its relation to death, also discusses the concepts of the recurrence in linear time, closed time, and the objective and subjective perspectives in eternal recurrence. It provides arguments to show that eternal recurrence is both desirable and possible, and that it is the only intelligible version of eternal life even if it presupposes a rather nonstandard conception of time.

Keywords: eternal recurrence; death; linear time; closed time; conception of time

Article.  10183 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Metaphysics

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