Love and Desire in Nietzsche and Levinas
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.