Philosophy in the Boudoirby Marquis de Sade
Taken from the forward by James Havoc: The Marquis de Sade (17401814) was a self-proclaimed libertine. His doctrine of libertinage as expounded in "Philosophy in the Boudoir"his masterpiecenow reads like a blueprint for those manifestos drawn up will over a century later by Andre Breton; indeed "Philosophy in the Boudoir" has often been regarded as being amongst the first Surrealist textsthe others also being works by De Sade. In the course of this bookerotic, comical, and terrifyingly bleak in turnhe contrives to heap scorn on Christianity, God, and the Church, religion in general, history, marriage and the nuclear family, morality, all love other than sexual love, faith, hope and charity, parenthood, vaginal sex; i.e. all forms of humanity and virtue. At the same time, he advocates atheism, murder and reflexive crimes, torture, cruelty, abortion, all kind of sexual perversion, incest, adultery, self-abuse, ad infinitum; his sexually violent visions mark him as a precursor of modern psychology.
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This book is a delightfully humorous admixture of lascivious sexuality and impious philosophy which flys at the face of the prevailing theosophical and ethical conventions of the time. It intermingles the sensations of bold and garish sexuality and absurdly discursive reasoning, relative to bawdy sexual practices but also to an animated iconoclasm, and elicits from the reader a couplet of humour and revulsion. A relatively light read for serious philosophers, yet enjoyable at multiple levels for the adventurous and open-minded reader.
Gotta love de sade he was one of a kind xxx