Sade’s Theory of Libertine Askesis

  • Henry Martyn LloydEmail author


Sade’s oeuvre is fundamentally didactic. This includes his infamous One Hundred and Twenty Days of Sodom and his Philosophy in the Bedroom. Where these works exemplify his pedagogy Sade’s express theory of affective pedagogy, his libertine askesis, is given in detail in Histoire de Juliette. This chapter reconstructs Sade’s theory of libertine askesis. It first discusses the methods of training, then the five stages of Sade’s libertine self-cultivation. The chapter includes a discussion of the problem of insensibility and of Sadean apathy, the meaning of which has caused quite a bit of confusion among commentators.


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

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