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The Republic of the LivingBiopolitics and the Critique of Civil Society$
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Miguel Vatter

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256013

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256013.001.0001

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Eternal Recurrence and the Now of Revolution

Eternal Recurrence and the Now of Revolution

Nietzsche and Messianic Marxism

(p.290) 9 Eternal Recurrence and the Now of Revolution
The Republic of the Living

Miguel Vatter

Fordham University Press

This chapter proposes a materialist conception of eternal life after the “death of God” which turns around the cosmological hypothesis of eternal recurrence. The chapter goes on to show that such a conception of eternal recurrence is of fundamental importance in the critique of linear time and progress that is found in the messianic Marxism of Lukacs and Benjamin. The chapter argues that the eternal recurrence is the temporal form required to think the present as a site for revolutionary action.

Keywords:   Nietzsche, Blanqui, Lukacs, Benjamin, Eternal recurrence, Labor time, Messianism, Revolution

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