Sade My Neighbor

Sade My Neighbor Enlightenment ideals of a society rooted in liberationist reason and morality were trampled in the wake of the savagery of the Second World War That era s union of cold technology and ancient hatreds

  • Title: Sade My Neighbor
  • Author: Pierre Klossowski Alphonso Lingis
  • ISBN: 9780810109582
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • Enlightenment ideals of a society rooted in liberationist reason and morality were trampled in the wake of the savagery of the Second World War That era s union of cold technology and ancient hatreds gave rise to a dark, alternative reason an ethic that was value free and indifferent with regard to virtue and vice, freedom, and slavery In a world where the unthinkable Enlightenment ideals of a society rooted in liberationist reason and morality were trampled in the wake of the savagery of the Second World War That era s union of cold technology and ancient hatreds gave rise to a dark, alternative reason an ethic that was value free and indifferent with regard to virtue and vice, freedom, and slavery In a world where the unthinkable had become reality, it is small wonder that theorists would turn to the writings of a man whose eighteenth century imagination preceded twentieth century history in its unbridled exploration of viciousness, perversion, and monstrosity the Marquis de Sade.Klossowski was one of the first philosophers in postwar Europe to ask whether Sade s reason, although aberrant and perverted to evil passions, could be taken seriously Klossowski s seminal work inspired virtually all subsequent study of Sadean thought, including that of de Beauvoir, Deleuze, Derrida, Bataille, Blanchot, Paulhan, and Lacan.

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    1. This work bears a great historical importance, Klossowski being one of the seminal figures in taking seriously the study of Sade as a philosophical figure. But this work retains its import even today. It may aid the reader not only in thinking through the erotic philsophy of Sade, but it also speaks to the thinking at play in Klossowski's own works, especially his fictions.As Klossowski notes, Sade's thought is the thought of Man pushed to its limits - disclosing the essence of Man in all its vi [...]

    2. A few days ago I started reading this book about super-villain philosopher Sade to think about outrage and the necessity of outrage in a world gone mad, and also to support some of what I've read in Lacan and a recent brush with Derrida. So far I am a little bored and lost with Klossowski's treatment, but I will trudge forward and hope to glean a few tidbits here and there.Update: I gave up on this one for now. Hey it's Indian-summer here, so I'd rather ride the bike.

    3. Pierre Klossowski is a very interesting writer and of course a wonderful artist. He's also the brother of Balthus, the painter. And "Sade My Neighbor" is probably the first text to treat Sade as a serious thinker and philospher. A fascinating historical figure, Sade is not very sexy, unless you think 'power' is sexy. With the French world (French revolution) exploding, Sade is one of the key figures when the shit hits the fan. And this book is one of the first on that subject matter.

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