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Sadean Natural Law in Histoire de Juliette

  • Henry Martyn LloydEmail author
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This chapter outlines Sade’s own highly idiosyncratic positive version of the laws of nature. It develops a discussion of Sade’s metaphysics and his atheism/theism, showing that beyond merely basing his version of natural law on a descriptive science of human nature as had Hobbes, Rousseau, and the major figures of the modern Natural Law tradition, Sade reintroduced speculative metaphysics/theology in an attempt to reinforce his vision of the ultimate authority of nature. This chapter culminates with a reading of Braschi’s—Sade’s fictional appropriation of the historical Pope Pius VI—theory of the dictates of nature, a key part of Sade’s philosophy and one which has caused considerable perplexity for commentators including Pierre Klossowski.

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  1. 1.School of Historical and Philosophical InquiryUniversity of QueenslandSaint LuciaAustralia

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