Porno-Philosophy


Mixing philosophy with obscenity is an act of intellectual courage few will deny. In 1748 a French cavalry officer, Jean-Baptiste de Boyer Marquis d’Argens, had fearlessly engaged the new intellectual horizon. He was not the only porno-Philosophe of Enlightenment; but his erotic novel, Teresa, the Philosopher, has some genuine philosophical merit; and perhaps it is on account of this that Frederich II offered Boyer Anger to head the Prussia Academy as the General Director. Some twenty years later, the king went into shock when his Kammerherr decided to marry a certain Mademoiselle Cochois, an actress, and then retired to his family estate. This misunderstanding between the king and the philosopher did not prevent the former to construct a mausoleum for the latter at the Notre-Dame de la Seds in Aix. To those of my readers who went through the ordeal of an upper-division course called Philosophy of Love and Sex, I recommend to form some sort of a society whose goal should be to establish a pilgrimage route to the site.

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