Nietzsche discusses the emotional level of the love of the sexes in aphorism 363 of The Gay Science where he claims that men and women have different prejudices about love. The basic dynamics of love in GS 363 are explained in terms of the woman who gives herself and the man who takes. How can this model offer more than a reactionary idea of an opposition of a submissive woman and dominating man? It will be argued that a deeper understanding of giving oneself and taking does not warrant an opposition in the sense of a master-slave relation. The preconditions for giving and taking in Nietzsche’s philosophy disclose a richer idea of giving and taking as a dynamic and mutually transformative interaction of partners in love.
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