The Bedroom Philosophers Themes

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Eugenie comes to Madame de Saint-Ange's boudoir to be educated in the ways of the flesh, but she receives a more philosophical primer from Dolmance than she could have expected. The renowned rake advises her not only on the mechanics of sex and sado-masochism, but also on the tenets that guide the libertine aesthetic.

Libertinage is a fiercely libertarian doctrine, individualism taken to its most extreme conclusion. The goal is self-actualization through bold and defiant acts. Dolmance explains over the course of several dialogues that the most profound human endeavor one can undertake is sexual gratification. He eschews any notion that love, charity, or friendship can provide similar fulfillment.

Citing historical precedent, Dolmance illustrates that any action that increases stimulation is permissible. This includes rape, abuse, incest, and even murder. Eugenie takes to these lessons like a duck to water...

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