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Marquis de Sade and Continental Philosophy

Lode Lauwaert

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Reads six interpretations of de Sade in French post-war philosophy: Klossowski, Blanchot, Bataille, Lacan, Barthes and Deleuze

He might be best known for sex and violence, but Lode Lauwaert shows that the Marquis du Sade sits at a crossroads of surprisingly disparate branches of western culture: abstract art, Tom and Jerry, gnosticism, Kant’s moral philosophy, romanticism, scholasticism, stoicism and more. To explore these links, Lauwaert reads six interpretations of Sade in French postwar philosophy – looking specifically at Pierre Klossowski, Maurice Blanchot, Georges Bataille, Jacques Lacan, Roland Barthes and Gilles Deleuze.

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1. Godlessness, Purity, and Simulacra
2. The Terror of Writing
3. Apathy, Energy, and Transgression
4. Ethics and Modernity
5. Sadism as Formalism
6. Literature and the Clinical

About the Author

Lode Lauwaert is Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer in the Institute of Philosophy at the University of Leuven. He has been a visiting scholar at Boston College, Stellenbosch University and the University of Vienna. His research focuses on war, technology, and continental philosophy. He teaches, among others things, philosophical anthropology and philosophy of technology.

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