Love and Desire in Nietzsche and Levinas

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Abstract

I begin with a sketch of some of the general philosophical and theological issues which arise in discussions of love and desire, situating Nietzsche and Levinas within the relevant disputes. A key dispute concerns two very different ways of thinking about desire, namely as lack or abundance, and I clarify what these positions could amount to. The conception of desire as abundance is endorsed by both of my protagonists, but Nietzsche (and some contemporary Nietzscheans) imply that it demands the rejection of theism. I consider the merits of the relevant opposing arguments, find significant common ground between my disputants, and make explicit the implications for an understanding of love, desire, and God.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLove: The History of a Concept
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

Publication series

NameOxford Philosophical Concepts

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