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15-5-1999 9:00 AM

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17-5-1999 5:00 PM

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While it seems to be evident that the vision of the eternal return of the same (in Thus Spoke Tharathustra) is the solution to the riddle mentioned in "On the vision and the riddle," exactly what constitutes the riddle is anything but clear. Li ke all good riddles the solution demands a paradigm shift. Nietzsche's riddle is solved by a radical rethinking of the concept of time, from a straight line to a circle. I give a detailed account of how Nietzsche's riddle is formulated in such a way tha t the eternal return of the same is the only possible solution.

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The riddle as argument: Zarathustra's riddle and the eternal return

While it seems to be evident that the vision of the eternal return of the same (in Thus Spoke Tharathustra) is the solution to the riddle mentioned in "On the vision and the riddle," exactly what constitutes the riddle is anything but clear. Li ke all good riddles the solution demands a paradigm shift. Nietzsche's riddle is solved by a radical rethinking of the concept of time, from a straight line to a circle. I give a detailed account of how Nietzsche's riddle is formulated in such a way tha t the eternal return of the same is the only possible solution.