Scholarly Horizons: University of Minnesota, Morris Undergraduate Journal


Friedrich Nietzsche’s theory of eternal recurrence and it’s cosmological value has been discredited and cast aside because of the lack of scientific backing the original theory had. In this essay, Nietzche’s eternal recurrence will be observed and analyzed through some of his major works and defended from outside criticism. Furthermore, Roger Penrose’s Conformal Cyclic Cosmology and Jean-Paul Luminet’s research are used in support for eternal recurrence as a cosmological theory. Luminet’s research of cosmic background radiation concludes that the universe has an odd but finite shape. Penrose’s research theorizes a sort of repeating universe, allowing time to be treated as infinite. With these contemporary theories, Nietzsche’s cosmological theory can finally have scientific backing and be treated as a plausible theory of the universe.