Social Contract, Masochist Contract: Aesthetics of Freedom by Fayçal Falaky

By Fayçal Falaky

Provocative interpreting of the function masochism performs in structuring the aesthetics and political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Theorization of sensual hope used to be now not unusual within the eighteenth century; like many materialists of the French Enlightenment, Jean-Jacques Rousseau rejected imperatives based on metaphysical suppositions and seen the senses because the simply legitimate resource of philosophical wisdom. In Social agreement, Masochist Contract, Fayçal Falaky demonstrates that what distinguishes Rousseau is that the foundational degree on which he bases his materialist philosophy is a sexual intuition endowed, mockingly, with a similar chic, self-abnegating attributes traditionally linked to Christian, metaphysical hope. to appreciate the aesthetics of Rousseau’s masochism is, Falaky argues, to appreciate how beliefs of Christian morality and non secular ennoblement survived the Enlightenment, and the way God died, merely to be repackaged in new fetishes. if it is the imperious mistress of his erotic fantasies, the Arcadian nature of his philosophical reveries, or the chic legislations designed to raise the citizen from enslaving urge for food, Rousseau’s fetishes usher in the hot regulative beliefs of the fashionable secular state.

Fayçal Falaky is Assistant Professor of French at Tulane University.

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