Sade’s Philosophical System in its Enlightenment Context

  • Henry Martyn Lloyd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Introduction

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  3. The Body of Sensibility: Ontology, Epistemology, Genre

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
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  4. Moral Sense, Pleasant Sensations, and Libertine Sensibility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-112
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  5. The Authority of Nature: Sade’s Use and Critique of the Natural Law Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
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  6. Ethical Self-Fashioning and the Problem of Libertine Sociability in Histoire de Juliette; or, Histoire de Juliette comme roman d’apprentissage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
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  7. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 297-305

About this book


This book connects the philosophy of the Marquis de Sade—one of the most notorious, iconic, and yet poorly-understood figures within the history of European thought—with the broader themes of the Enlightenment. Rather than seeing himself as a mere pornographer, Sade understood himself as continuing the progressive tradition of French Enlightenment philosophy. Sade aspired to be a philosophe. This book uses intellectual history and the history of philosophy to reconstruct Sade’s philosophical ‘system’ and its historical context. Within the period’s discourse of sensibility Sade draws on the philosophical and the literary to form a relatively sophisticated ‘system’ which he deploys to critically engage with the two major strands of eighteenth-century ethical theory: the moral sense and natural law traditions. This work is of interest to: ‘Continental’ Philosophy, Critical Theory, French Studies, the History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy, Literary Studies, the History of Moral Philosophy, and Enlightenment Studies. 


Eighteenth-century thought Enlightenment philosophy Sensibility Morality Natural Law

Authors and affiliations

  • Henry Martyn Lloyd
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  1. 1.School of Historical and Philosophical InquiryUniversity of QueenslandSaint LuciaAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97195-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97196-4
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