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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About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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