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The Soul‐Friendship of Two People of Differing Sex

Ruth Abbey

in Nietzsche's Middle Period

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195134087
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134087.003.0008
 The Soul‐Friendship of Two People of Differing Sex

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At times in the works of the middle period, Friedrich Nietzsche accepts that higher friendship is possible between men and women, and holds love and marriage in high esteem. Sometimes, he even models marriage on friendship. While he does say some damning things about love and marriage, this chapter tries to balance his critical comments against his more positive ones to allow for a clearer, albeit more complex, appreciation of his stance to be achieved. This analysis also requires some reconsideration of the commonplace view that Nietzschean free spirits abjure marriage and family life.

Keywords: Nietzsche; free spirit; women; love; marriage; friendship; free spirits

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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