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Living It Up in the State of Nature: Sade Contra Hobbes and Rousseau

  • Henry Martyn LloydEmail author
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Abstract

Principally using Justine, this chapter examines Sade as interlocutor with, and critic of, the early-modern natural law tradition. Showing Sade’s engagement with Hobbes and Rousseau the chapter reconstructs Sade’s negative or critical relationship to the period’s natural law theory. The chapter develops three versions of the “fundamental precept nature”: Hobbes’s “do not do to another what you would not have done to you,” Rousseau’s “do what is good for you with as little harm as possible to others,” and Sade’s “take delight, no matter at whose expense.”

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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