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Aaron Paul Houska Kafka/Nietszche 2nd Paper A Continuum of Convalescence “The Concalescence” represents Zarathustra’s coming to terms with his vision laid out in the previous book, and the first steps in his comprehension of it. It is in this section that he begins purging himself of the sins he sees as impeeding his journey to understanding. He returns finally here to his animals, from whence he started on his journey. Perhaps this is because he has realized that humans have gone so far along their path to mediocrity that they cannot cross their own bridge to the higher man. Thus Zarathustra must again sequester himself with these animals, to learn from them per- haps, or at least escape the rabble. Two of these animals, the eagle and the snake, represent the beginning of the merging of the doctrines of the overman (will to power) and of eternal return; only those at the most extreme vantage point can see it. One of the central tenants of the doctrine of the eternal return of the same is that at their most extreme, the highest and lowest of a thing become equal. He earlier in the text builds this by positing that if one were to travel as far back in time as one could (thinking of time as a sort of road), one would eventually come upon the future as the road loops back on itself. So it is the case with many things, and these apparent contra-
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 255 taught by Professor Reed during the Winter '08 term at Northwestern.

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