Eternal return, also known as eternal recurrence, is a concept that the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in a self-similar form an infinite number of times across infinite time or space. The concept is found in ancient philosophy and was subsequently taken up by the Pythagoreans and Stoics (see Heraclitus).

Eternal Return of Collecting,

The action of collecting and transmitting can be explored through Deleuze postmodernist interpretation:

« According to Nietzsche the eternal return is in no sense a thought of the identical but rather a thought of synthesis, a thought of the absolutely different. — It is not the ‘same’ or the ‘one’ which comes back in the eternal return but return is itself the one which ought to belong to diversity and to that which differs.

The eternal return within collecting is surely not the recurrence of the same.
“…it is the recurrence of difference, of difference itself. The future will reveal itself to be the eternal return; and in the return will be found the affirmation of difference that is Deleuze’s Nietzschean spirit. Deleuze’s definition of the eternal return is obscure: “Return is the being of that which becomes. Return is the being of becoming itself, the being which is affirmed in becoming”. (Cf. Milan Urošević, Gilles Deleuze-An Introduction).

The “List of collectables” article on English wikipedia is a pleasant reading, we shoud add an old Greek quote: “If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” (Heraclitus)

PWT 01-2018 Eternal Return


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