Heart and Head, Love and Libertinage, in Histoire de Juliette

  • Henry Martyn LloydEmail author


This chapter develops the previous two chapters into a detailed reading of the status and critique of moral sense theory in Histoire de Juliette. It reconstructs Sade’s own “theory of pleasant feelings” (théorie des sentiments agréables.) The chapter focuses on Sade’s analysis of the relative pleasures of the heart and the head, that is, the pleasures of virtue and love as compared to those of libertinage. The chapter includes a coda to Part III, which examine Sade’s aesthetics of the abhorrent—his deliberate aestheticisation of the abject, grotesque, disgusting, violent, and shocking—as an important part of his response to eighteenth-century moral sense theory’s aesthetics of the good and the beautiful.


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

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