The Laws of Hostility

Pierre Saint-Amand
Publication Date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 1996

The Laws of Hostility: Politics, Violence, and the Enlightenment

The Marquis de Sade, and not Jean-Jacques Rousseau, may be the truer voice of the Enlightenment. In this compelling reading of the canon of Enlightenment thinkers from Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Diderot to Rousseau and Sade, Pierre Saint-Amand uncovers the hostility that lurks beneath the philosophers’ progressive rationality.

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