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By Roland Barthes

In Sade/Fourier/Loyola, eminent literary theorist Roland Barthes deals a desirable treatise at the nature of philosophical production. Barthes examines the parallel impulses of Loyola, the Jesuit saint, Sade, the popular and occasionally pornographic libertine thinker, and Fourier, the utopian theorist. All 3, he makes transparent, were founders of languages--Loyola, the language of divine deal with; Sade, the language of erotic freedom; and Fourier, the language of social perfection and happiness. every one language is an all-enveloping approach, a "secondary language" that isolates the adherent from the traditional global. the thing of this ebook, Barthes makes transparent, isn't really to decipher the content material of those respective works, yet to think about Sade, Fourier, and Loyola as creators of textual content.

"Here they're all 3 introduced jointly, the evil author, the good utopian, and the Jesuit saint. there isn't intentional provocation during this assembling (were there provocation, it is going to particularly consist in treating Sade, Fourier, and Loyola as if that they had now not had religion: in God, the long run, Nature), no transcendence (the sadist, the contestator, and the mystic will not be redeemed by means of sadism, revolution, religion), and, I upload of those experiences, even supposing first released (in half) seperately, was once from the 1st conceived to affix the others in a single ebook: the e-book of Logothetes, founders of language."--from the Preface

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