La philosophie et le libertinage du marquis de sade et la place de la femme dans ses oeuvres
Wills, Warren Westbrook
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This thesis explores the philosophy of the marquis de Sade and how it falls into place with the whole of Eighteenth Century philosophy in France and that of the French Revolution. We examine the condition of women in the society of the period and relate her stature and socialization to her physical state. We attempt to prove that Sade’s licentious writing and libertine philosophy was due, in large part, to his imprisonment and thus the effect of a very active imagination. Finally, we show that Sade went far beyond the reaches of most of his contemporary philosophers and breached the realm of human psychology which gave rise many great philosophers and psychoanalysts of present day. To illustrate the study of Sade’s philosophy we have chosen to compare two of his primary character, Justine and Juliette to prove that though one chooses vice and the other virtue as means of living, the both remain victims in a time when specific philosophical thought dictated the laws of nature and the survival of the fittest. We also compare the works to the overall feeling of change and reform of the Enlightenment period.