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The relevance of Sade for society today

Gert Hekma

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Sade is still relevant today for academia, politics and sexual citizens because of his strong criticism of religious and secular (“Enlightened”) thought. In his presentation, nature is not good but violent; his work is a criticism of dichotomies of gender (male versus female), sexuality (hetero versus homo) and of private and public and of clear-cut identities; there is no unity of love and sex and laws should not restrain pleasure.

Keywords: Sade, relevance, controversy, politics, enlightenment


Bibliography: Hekma, Gert: The relevance of Sade for society today, INSEP, Vol. 4, Issue 1-2016, pp. 9-18.