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The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sade


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April 1995

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

The Marquis de Sade is famous for his forbidden novels like Justine, Juliette, and the 120 Days of Sodom. Yet, despite Sade's immense influence on philosophy and literature, his work remains relatively unknown. His novels are too long, repetitive, and violent. At last in The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sade, a distinguished philosopher provides a theoretical reading of Sade.
Airaksinen examines Sade's claim that in order to be happy and free we must do evil things. He discusses the motivations of the typical Sadean hero, who leads a life filled with perverted and extreme pleasures, such as stealing, murder, rape, and blasphemy. Secondary sources on Sade, such as Hobbes, Erasmusm, and Brillat-Savarin are analyzed, and modern studies are evaluated. The Philosophy of the Marquis de Sade greatly enhances our understanding of Sade and his philosophy of pain and perversion.

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." . . a very intelligent reading of Sade, which succeeds both in conducting a rigorous philosophical enquiry and capturing the base wickedness' of Sade's work. . .It makes no attempt to squeeze Sade into inappropriate philosophical categories, and the extent to which it allows Sade's work itself to guide the book is most refreshing."
-Sadie Plant, Author of "The Most Radical Gesture
EAN: 9780415112291
ISBN: 041511229X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: ROUTLEDGE CHAPMAN HALL
Erscheinungsdatum: April 1995
Seitenanzahl: 208 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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