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Philosophy of the Libertine

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Matthew Bargas In my opinion there was too much graphic detail about the perversions that Justine experienced. What I found most disturbing about the libertine philosophy was not so much the sexual deviance, but the imposition of these against someone's free will.
Several of Justine's abusers give lengthy philosophical dissertations justifying their behavior along the lines of might makes right, survival of the fittest, or social darwinism.
Nature is described as brutal (unlike the god of nature of the Stoics) and the Christian humility and compassion are looked upon as forms of weakness. He was perhaps predating Nietzsche
Even though it is hard to agree with Justine's abusers, they do seem to give compelling arguments in support of their evil ways.


Mkfs Matthew wrote: "Several of Justine's abusers give lengthy philosophical dissertations justifying their behavior along the lines of might makes right, survival of the fittest, or social darwinism."

That almost cries out for a comparative reading of deSade and Ayn Rand.

Possible pairings:

Philosophy In The Bedroom + Anthem
Justine + Fountainhead
Juliette + Atlas Shrugged

...in order of page count, naturally.


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