Philosophy in the (Boudoir) Bedroom: 1795: Marquis de Sade

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1795

Title: ‘Philosophy in the Bedroom’

A more accurate translation is ‘Philosophy in the Boudoir’

Author: Marquis de Sade: Date: 1795

Translated by Richard Seaver and AustrynWainhouse


a) Arrow Books: 1965: London.

b) by, here, and available here.

The description, by is as follows:

And Philosophy in the Bedroom is pillow-talk like you’ve never heard it before, an alternation of philosophical discourse and ecstatic grunting. It also contains the famous speech “Encore un effort,” which advocates murder, heresy, promiscuity, etc.

References by Jacques Lacan:

1)  ‘Kant with Sade’ by Jacques Lacan  See here for availability.

2) The Ethics of Psychoanalysis 1959-1960: The seminar VII of Jacques Lacan:

Edited by Jacques-Alain Miller:

Translated by Dennis Porter:

Published: Routledge: 1992:

a) Seminar VII: Session of December 23rd, 1959: Chapter VI: On the moral law:

Sub-headings: The critique of practical reason-Philosophy in the Boudoir-The ten commandments-The epistle to the Romans.

pps76-80 comments on Kantian ethics & de Sade’s ‘Philosophy in the Boudoir’

b) Seminar VII: Session of April 27th, 1960:  Chapter XV: The jouissance of transgression:

Sub-heading: The barrier to Jouissance-The respect of the image of the Other-Sade, his fantasm and his doctrine-Metipsemus-Fragmented and indestructible

For example: p197: Sade is at this limit, and insofar as he imagines going beyond it, he teaches us that he cultivates its fantasm with all the morose enjoyment – I will come back to this phrase – that is manifest in that fantasm.                                

In imagining it, he proves the imaginary structure of the limit.  But he also goes beyond it. …

c) Seminar VII: Session of May 11th 1960: Chapter XVII: The function of the good:

Sub-headings: Saint Augustine and Sade-Memory, Facilitation, Rite-The subject, Elision of a Signifier-The Textile Fable-Utility and Jouissance

3) Seminar X: L’Angoisse (Anxiety) 1962-1963: Session of 16th January, 1963:

Chapter VIII p5 of Cormac Gallagher’s translation.

Details of this translation available here.

Refers to the sadist provoking anxiety in the Other with references to Kant and ‘Philosophy in the Boudoir’.