The Tyranny of Pleasure

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Algora Publishing, 1999 - Psychology - 362 pages
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This book hits the question of sexual morals head-on, asking what is the place of the forbidden in modern society. Sexuality is a matter of history, psychoanalysis, anthropology, theology, political philosophy, demography, economics and criminology. But there is little communication among these professions. The author revisits each field of knowledge to produce a richly nuanced analysis. The book's title is borrowed from Plato. In The Laws, Plato speaks in praise of pleasure, but he regards as weak and condemnable the man who lets "the tyrant Eros" rule his heart. Tyranny sheds a salutary light on a question that today is largely "taboo," for reasons that are vigorously contrary to the Puritanism of yesteryear. Since the 1960s, there has been a widespread sense that a "liberation" had definitely been achieved in the world of morality. The revolution of the "Sixties" supposedly freed us of a yoke that had crushed all the generations before. However, a broad consideration of history shows the naïveté of such a view. Jean-Claude Guillebaud is a prominent French Catholic intellectual from the Left.-Awarded the French "Renaudot Prize for Essays" (1998).-Originally published by Seuil, in Paris, 1998.-Translated from French by Algora Publishing.
 

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Contents

Note of Authors Intent
7
THIRTY YEARS LATER
27
THE RUBBER WALL
47
THE REAL HAPPINESS OF CAPITAL
67
IS PLEASURE A CHORE?
87
LOST MEMORY
109
JEWS CHRISTIANS AND FLESH
133
THE TRUE INVENTION OF PURITANISM
161
over Bourgeois Discourse 180 The Syndrome of the Bour
182
A Total Social Phenomenon 188 Man Delivered from Rut
190
From Impudicity to Depravity 196 Chi
207
FROM THE PLAN FOR IMMORTALITY TO DEMO
233
HOMOSEXUALS AND FEMINISTS STILL CRUSADING
275
REMAKING THE FAMILY
295
A CERTAIN IDEA OF TIME
317
Notes
335

A Time to Embrace 162 Established Morals 165 Mar
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Guillebaud has been a columnist for Le Monde for 20 years and a contributor to the French literary periodical le Nouvel Obersvateur, and an editor at the publishing house Editions du Seuil in Paris. A one-time Sixties radical and a leading intellectual from the Left, he is now protesting "too much liberation".

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