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N.2/2019 Pratiche di immanenza

Spazi di pensiero insospettabili: i romanzi libertini a vocazione filosofica del XVIII secolo

Valentina Sperotto

(Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele)

Published in December, 2019

Unsuspected Spaces of Thought: the Libertine Novels with a Philosophical Vocation of the 18th Century

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In his last work, Colas Duflo explores the corpus of libertine novels with a philosophical bent, showing their impact on the European culture in the 18th century. These clandestine and pornographic works were more popular than philosophical treatises and played a crucial role in spreading some unconventional ideas of the Enlightenment. Duflo discusses the moral and metaphysical ideas that underlie the most relevant among these works, such as Dom Bougre, Thérèse philosophe, Les Bijoux indiscrets, Juliette and Le Rideau levé. The author focuses on the peculiar combination of pornographic fiction and philosophical dissertation, on the diffusion of materialistic thesis and on the distortion of the legacy of the Enlightenment by Sade.


heterodox Enlightenment, libertine’s works, XVIIIth century philosophy, French philosophy.

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