Sade My Neighbor / Edition 1

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Overview

Enlightenment ideals of a society rooted in liberationist reason and morality were trampled in the wake of the savagery of the Second World War. That era's union of cold technology and ancient hatreds gave rise to a dark, alternative reason—an ethic that was value-free and indifferent with regard to virtue and vice, freedom, and slavery. In a world where "the unthinkable" had become reality, it is small wonder that theorists would turn to the writings of a man whose eighteenth-century imagination preceded twentieth-century history in its unbridled exploration of viciousness, perversion, and monstrosity: the Marquis de Sade.

Klossowski was one of the first philosophers in postwar Europe to ask whether Sade's reason, although aberrant and perverted to evil passions, could be taken seriously. Klossowski's seminal work inspired virtually all subsequent study of Sadean thought, including that of de Beauvoir, Deleuze, Derrida, Bataille, Blanchot, Paulhan, and Lacan.

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This is the first English translation of the seminal Sade Mon Prochain originally published in 1947, a work that has influenced French thinkers from de Beauvoir and Bataille to Derrida and Lacan. Klossowski sees in Sade's work a system that uses the moral and rational language of the Enlightenment not only to annihilate the moral categories of Christianity but to undermine the assumptions of Enlightenment materialism as well. The result anticipates Nietzsche, positing a nihilism that recognizes pure motion as the only metaphysical reality. Lingis renders a valuable service in providing a clear and readable translation of this historically important and enduring work.-- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810109582
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1991
  • Series: SPEP Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,414,443
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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