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Rousseau’s Knowing Heart, Sade’s Knowing Body

  • Henry Martyn LloydEmail author
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This chapter continues to focus on eighteenth century’s theories of “natural” morality. It begins to reconstruct Sade’s critique of moral sense theory by focusing on the particular nature of Sadean sensibility. The chapter uses Philosophy in the Bedroom and Justine to look firstly at Sade’s confusing of the pleasure/pain binary and at his epistemology of intensity, before then looking at his ambidextrous response. The chapter shows that in response to Rousseau’s epistemology based on the sensibility of the uncorrupted heart, especially as it is found in the “Profession of Faith of a Savoyard Vicar,” Sade establishes an epistemology of bodily sensibility and of sensory intensity.

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

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