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u/Snietzschean · 4 pointsr/askphilosophy

First thing's first, get yourself a better translation. I know the Common translation is free online, but it's an outdated translation with it's own issues, and you'll understand the text better in a more contemporary translation anyways. I like this translation personally because it has great footnotes, but the Cambridge has become the standard, and it's not a bad translation either.

Okay. So let's work through your questions sequentially.

  1. The Big Bang theory as we know it was not formulated until the early 1900's, and even then it was in it's nascent stages as a theory and would be almost unrecognizable to us in the way that the layman understands it. So, it's probably safe to say that Nietzsche isn't concerned with TBBT.

    That said, I think it's a mistake to read this particular passage as an instance of a metaphysical claim. Zarathustra is talking about a vision that he had, and after all, he is a prophetic character. So it's probably best to look past the metaphysical propositions and just assume that time functions in this fashion, what does that say?

  2. My response picks up here. One's life, according to the Eternal Recurrence, occurs again and again, the same way, ad infinitum. Zarathustra, as an individual in the moment (hence moment is inscribed on the gateway overhead), only has the perspective in the present moment, yet he can see that life goes on infinitely forwards and infinitely backwards. They aren't two separate entities which flow into one another, it is all one constant "line", if you will, which flows infinitely in one direction. Zarathustra, in the present moment, exists on a single point on that continuum.

    I wouldn't make heavy weather of the word antithetical. Perhaps the better translation will help.

    > They contradict each other, these paths; they blatantly offend each other - and here at this gateway is where they come together.

  3. The dwarf is not echoing Zarathustra. The del Caro translation:

    > 'All that is straight lies,' murmured the dward contemptuously. 'All truth is crooked, time itself is a circle.' 'You spirit of gravity!' I said, angrily. 'Do not make it too easy on yourself! Or I shall leave you crouching here where you crouch, lamefoot - and I bore you this high!

    The dwarf is speaking platitudes. It's easy to say that time is circular and that you're just coming back to the same moment, doing the same thing, over and over again, returning endlessly to this same spot, but one almost gets the sense that the dwarf is speaking about metaphysical truths, or perhaps trying to make this metaphysics instead of what it really is, the wonderful affirmative thing that follows (the vision of the shepherd).

    The spirit of gravity is the spirit of seriousness, something which Zarathustra detests. He's not talking about physics, and he's not referencing any metaphysical theories, so don't worry about dimensionality or gravity as a force, or anything like that.

    And yes, he retains a linear concept, but only to preserve the metaphor of a "path" upon which one walks. Hence earlier he says "Two paths come together here; no one has yet walked them to the end". Don't think that there is a physical end or that it's talking about physics. Just focus on the fact that it's your path, one which stretches infinitely.

  4. From my translation:

    > And are not all things firmly knotted together in such a way that this moment draws after it all things to come? Therefore - itself as well?

    Essentially, all of time sinks into the present moment. You're never outside of the present moment, and so the moment draws all things in, including itself, in the sense that the moment which you conceive of as the present is already past, and so it must continually draw all of time into the present moment going forward into the future.

    Okay, so the point is that this book, and this passage, and this teaching are fundamentally existential, which is to say that they speak to one's existence. One must live in the present moment, one must always and eternally experience the present moment the same way, and one must always walk the same path. Yet this path is not numerically the same, it's different every time.

    I think Deleuze points out somewhere (probably in his book on Nietzsche), that this particular part of the vision is an awful one, about shallow metaphysical propositions, and thus one might call it The Eternal Return (because everything returns to the moment, like a baseball falling back down after it's been tossed), whereas the Eternal Recurrence, probably represented by the shepherd in the next part, is life affirming and transformative.

    I hope that helps a little. It might behoove you to separate yourself from concerns about physics, given that it's not really a common reading of the work, nor is it a defensible one unless you do a ton of work, and even then it's not entirely convincing. It's a way of reading it, but I don't read it that way.
u/ConclusivePostscript · 5 pointsr/askphilosophy

Due at least in part to his Socratic methodological presuppositions and consequent rhetorical strategies, Kierkegaard frequently presents his philosophical ideas in literary form. Accordingly, when reading his work it is unwise to sharply separate the two.

While Repetition is not among Kierkegaard’s most influential works, neither is it among his least influential. It was certainly a huge influence on Deleuze’s 1968 Différence et Répétition, and has elicited comparisons of Kierkegaard’s category to Nietzsche’s notion of eternal recurrence (see, e.g., Kellenberger 1997). For a book length treatment, see especially Eriksen 2000.

Repetition is, thematically and in terms of publication date, a companion volume to Fear and Trembling. Kierkegaard’s fictive dialectician-humorist Johannes Climacus treats them together in Concluding Unscientific Postscript (see Hongs’ trans., pp. 261-68). See also Mark Taylor’s “Ordeal and Repetition in Kierkegaard’s Treatment of Abraham and Job” in Connell and Evans, eds. 1992. And yes, pseudonymity is important, concerning which see the following posts:

Kierkegaard and His Pseudonyms—Part I

Kierkegaard and His Pseudonyms—Part II

Kierkegaard and His Pseudonyms—Part III

A “Who’s Who” of Kierkegaard’s Formidable Army of Pseudonyms

On the Existential Labyrinth of Kierkegaardian Pseudonymity

The Intentional Unreliability of the Kierkegaardian Pseudonyms

In short, Kierkegaard is not Constantius, nor is he the Young Man. (The supplement in the Hongs’ translation has some portions from Kierkegaard’s journals and papers that help greatly clarify Kierkegaard’s own understanding of repetition.)

u/Evan42 · 2 pointsr/Norse

Ok well I tried harder and I found a few on amazon, I'll share links in case someone else has trouble and googles something like the name of this thread.

Egil's saga in monolingual old norse

A series of dual language sagas I have one of these, It's ok but I should mention that while it's dual-lingual, the languages are not parallel. the Norse version is in the back. Another thing is that some of them are actually modern Icelandic, though that shouldn't make a huge difference because the language used is still archaic, just with updated spellings (og vs ok, hestur vs hestr)

Here's a good one, The poetic Edda in parallel text old-Norse and English That's the version I have and I think it's a really nice, high quality volume, but one thing I should mention is it's a scan of an older edition. Personally I don't mind that, I actually think it's kind of cool, but if that idea bugs you maybe check out this version which I don't have so I can't speak for the quality of it but it seems to be newly printed instead of scanned.

u/Surtrlljos · 2 pointsr/asatru

these are from what i found. i haven't read them yet but i'm getting to them.



Amazon costs more, this is from publisher:

edit: The Edda saemund sigfusson olive bray, there is a free PDF you can find on google but i don't remember how i got to it.

HA!! i found it!

u/normaltypetrainer · 2 pointsr/German

Great book that has lot of basic, intermediate and advanced grammar and presents it together in a very structured manner and it is very linear.

Edit: Each chapter divided into three sections"So wird's gemacht is a handy reference that offers grammar explanations; Übung macht den Meister! It presents practice and reinforcement exercises for each grammatical point; and Freie Fahrt! It provides open-ended written and oral communicative activities."

So yeah the "so wird's gemacht" sections are the best and and has things that a lot of other grammar books don't cover e.g. gives you all the determiners with usage advice in a list and divides them into definite/indefinite and all that and it also always tells you when something is more common in written German and then tells you the common spoken equivalent.

u/gdoveri · 2 pointsr/AskLiteraryStudies

John Zilcosky put out a great book a few years ago called Uncanny Encounters. The book covers a lot of travel literature and focuses on German colonialism. It would be a great book to look through and find some sources from the the beginning of 20th century.

u/baduhar · 7 pointsr/books

I'm personally very fond of Hilda Ellis Davidson's Gods and Myths of Northern Europe. It's scholarly, it covers all the Germanic evidence not just the Scandinavian, and doesn't add anything that is not really there. And of course there's always the incomparable Snorri Sturluson. I recommend Jean Young's translation.

u/ur_frnd_the_footnote · 3 pointsr/AskLiteraryStudies

Yasemin Yildiz's Beyond the Mother Tongue seems like it could be of interest to you.

u/Zachrist · 2 pointsr/booksuggestions

> This is such an interesting topic

I found what I was looking for, although it turned out I was remembering a lot of the details incorrectly. It was a collection of fairy tales from the Weimar Republic, not the third Reich.

I had to go through a lot of specifically worded Google searches to find it, and if you're really interested I did find this book: Children's Literature in Hitler's Germany. I haven't read it, but I will soon! I ordered it.

u/Ramn_ · 1 pointr/sweden


Rekommenderar denna för alla nybörjare. Maria har också en YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/LadyoftheLabyrinth/videos) där hon går igenom viktiga detaljer för någon som är intresserad. Och nej, det är inte bara någon random som bestämt sig för att sätta upp en kamera i sitt rum: http://www.duo.uio.no/publ/iks/2004/18497/AUTO/18497.pdf.

Jag brukar undvika alla som försöker tampas med kulturhistoria, för det blir oftast massa New Age. Maria tar dock det väldigt seriöst och vetenskapligt. Det är ett helt annat perspektiv när du lärt dig språket och dedikerat en sådan stor del av ditt liv att förstå det.

Och sedan, självklart, Havamal. Jag rekommenderar att läsa den ifrån fornnordiska, eftersom det går ihop mycket snyggare och det får en annan kontext. Det är dock lite bökigt för någon som är ny: http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/havamal.html

Problemet med Asatron är att det fanns en väldigt etablerad symbolik igenom familjeträd (vi älskade våra familjeträd, titta på Iceland Sagas) och nu är systemet "borta". Men det återstår så väldigt mycket.

Och om du vill ha ett direkt exempel, lyssna på: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evE6aLg-_Q8

Följ gärna också Einar i Wardruna som spenderat lång tid att studera innebörden av runor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCLPH615utU

Fróðr sama tíl hǫfuð sáer reynr.

u/GSM_Heathen · 1 pointr/asatru

I found it on Amazon. I'll see if I can send you the link. I /think/ you can get it legally as a free pdf, but I am not 100%

Edit: Amazon Link


u/naikologist · 1 pointr/Anarchism

Liberating Society from the State and others from Muhsam
and The Anarchist FAQ
or if you use a linux computer simply
>sudo apt* install anarchism

  • or rpm or whatever
u/NanashiSC · -4 pointsr/de_IAmA

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