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By Arthur Schopenhauer, R. J. Hollingdale

One of many maximum philosophers of the 19th century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human motion is decided now not by means of cause yet by way of 'will' - the blind and irrational wish for actual lifestyles. this option of his writings on faith, ethics, politics, girls, suicide, books and lots of different issues is taken from Schopenhauer's final paintings, Parerga and Paralipomena, which he released in 1851. those items depict humanity as locked in a fight past solid and evil, and every person totally unfastened inside a Godless global, during which artwork, morality and self-awareness are our basically salvation. This leading edge - and pessimistic - view has proved powerfully influential upon philosophy and artwork, without delay affecting the paintings of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Wagner between others.

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This particularly bizarre and already discredited theory, whereby woman does not even provide matter, is the source of the last part of Mme de Saint­Ange's speech.  The true scientific minds probably did not subscribe to this position.  Does he actually believe in the thesis on animalcules preached by his characters? This is rather doubtful because of elements internal to the passage itself and to La Philosophie dans le boudoir, and because of the author's materialist philosophy.  This habit of reshuffling the cards is characteristic of Sade, and it lends his discourse a never­failing corrosive charge.

Jouissance as Standard From the economic angle, prostitution, masturbation, and theft obviously combine money and sexual pleasure and thus show that both function in the same way.  Jouissance and money together guarantee the equivalence among the parts of the body that is needed to effect the disorder characteristic of orgy, but the monetary model imposes some orderliness upon the heterogeneity of organ pleasure and of partial objects.  It is also hinted at behind the sexual reductiveness of the actors in the orgy.

This is quite clear in three of the orgy motifs which Sade explicitly associates with money: prostitution, masturbation, theft.  It also symbolically signifies.  He also radicalizes it, and thus exhibits what the model represses.  Thus Juliette, who has long been rich enough to forsake prostitution, tells the Italian cardinals: "As you know, each of us lives by his own trade.  The reciprocal exclusion of pleasure and money in the prevailing model of prostitution veils another, deeper, exclusion—the incompatibility of pleasure for the two partners.

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