The Autonomy of Pleasure: Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution

The Autonomy of Pleasure: Libertines, License, and Sexual Revolution

What would happen if pleasure were made the organizing principle for social relations and sexual pleasure ruled over all? Radical French libertines experimented clandestinely with this idea during the Enlightenment. In explicit novels, dialogues, poems, and engravings, they wrenched pleasure free from religion and morality, from politics, aesthetics, anatomy, and finally reason itself, and imagined how such a world would be desirable, legitimate, rapturous—and potentially… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 08, 2015)

Collection: Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts

Parent ISBN: 9780231151580

Language: English


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