Sade’s Philosophical “System”

  • Henry Martyn LloydEmail author


This chapter introduces the major themes of Sade’s philosophical “system.” Of particular importance here is the relationship between philosophy and literature: Sade’s philosophical “system” is imbricated with his literary/aesthetical project. The chapter situates the book as a whole within the field of Sade studies. This book revises two of the most significant idées reçues within the literature: first, that the violence in Sade is only to language, and so Sade only has intentions apropos of writing; second, that Sade, insofar as he is a philosopher, is a philosopher of unreason or irrationality or is avant la lettre a theorist of something like Freud’s Id.


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

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