A Sadean Community

Jacques Lezra

in Wild Materialism

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232352
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235889 | DOI:
A Sadean Community

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This chapter considers three ways one might seek to describe a class of material concepts (that is, to define “terror” in this sense), in such a way that they can become an alternative to instrumental, foundational logics of association. The first is the radical democratic challenge to “dialectical logics”. The second is the pragmatic, liberal democratic alternative proposed by Richard Rorty. The third alternative to instrumental logics of association, a radical republicanism based in the notion of distributed, sovereign pleasure, does not suffer from this double weakness. Both the strong account of contingency one finds in Marquis de Sade's Philosophy in the Bedroom and that work's critique of cultural heroism take shape in a new pedagogy imagined to be prior to any political account of association—Dolmancé standing in place of Diotima, as Jacques Lacan has it.

Keywords: concepts; terror; logics; Richard Rorty; association; Marquis de Sade; heroism; Dolmancé; Diotima; Jacques Lacan

Chapter.  10157 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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