Beyond misogyny and metaphor: Women in Nietzsche's middle period

Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (2):233-256 (1996)
This article proposes a third way of reading Nietzsche's remarks on women, one that goes beyond misogyny and metaphor. Taking the depiction of women in the works of the middle period at face value shows that these works neither entirely demean women nor exclude them from the higher life. Nietzsche's middle period comprises HAH (1879-80, which includes "Assorted Opinions and Maxims" and "The Wanderer and His Shadow"), D (1881) and GS (1882). The works of this period do not disqualify women from free spirithood, for some of their passages can be read as befitting some women of the future for this honour.
Keywords Nietzsche  women  middle period  Human, All too Human  Daybreak  Gay Science  Salome
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DOI 10.1353/hph.1996.0035
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