Love and Desire in Nietzsche and Levinas

Type: 
Colloquium Talks
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Building: 
Nador u. 15
Room: 
103
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 3:30pm
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:10pm

Nietzsche and Levinas both operate with a conception of insatiable desire, and they agree that desire, thus understood, is central to our proper humanity. The difference, however, is that Levinas articulates his position from within a theistic framework, albeit one in which God is seemingly absent. I  argue that the differences between their positions are less striking than first appears, and that there is a knife edge between Nietzsche's atheism and Levinas's theism. I consider the implications for an understanding of desire, and for an assessment of the positions at hand.