Document Type

Article

Keywords

Nietzsche, Schrödinger, What is Life?, eternal recurrence, consciousness, identity, Vedic Philosophy, Schopenhauer

Disciplines

Biophysics | Continental Philosophy | History of Philosophy | History of Religions of Eastern Origins | Philosophy | Philosophy of Science | Quantum Physics

Abstract

Schrödinger and Nietzsche on Life: The Eternal Recurrence of the Same

This essay explores Schrödinger’s reflections on measurement, consciousness, and personal identity. Schrödinger’s, What Is Life? is read together with Nietzsche’s own reflections on the same question, in his aphorism What is Life? together with Nietzsche’s teaching of the eternal return of the selfsame. Schrödinger’s own thinking is influenced as is Nietzsche’s by Schopenhauer but Schrödinger also has the Vedic tradition as this influenced Schopenhauer himself in view.

Article Number

1006

Publication Date

Fall 9-23-2011

Comments

Forthcoming as

“On Schrödinger and Nietzsche: Eternal Return and the Moment.” In: Christopher Key Chapple, ed., Festschrift for Antonio de Nicolas

and originally presented as

„On Schrödinger’s “Deus Factus Sum” and on Nietzsche’s “What is Life,” Red Star Line, Antwerp-Fordham; Fordham University, September 23, 2011.

and

as a video-lecture on 10 November 2011

URL for Video version, recorded Nov. 10, 2011 http://digital.library.fordham.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/VIDEO/id/211