The Law of Desire

On Lacan’s 'Kant with Sade’

  • Dany Nobus

Part of the The Palgrave Lacan Series book series (PALS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
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  16. Back Matter
    Pages 141-175

About this book


This book offers the first comprehensive discussion of Lacan’s Kant with Sade, an essay widely recognised as one of his most important and difficult texts. Here, the reader will find a detailed roadmap for each section of the essay, including clarifications of the allusions, implicit borrowings and references in Lacan’s text, unique insights into the essay’s publication history, and a critical assessment of its reception. The author expertly defines key terms, explains complex theoretical arguments, and contextualizes the work within a larger philosophical discourse. No prior knowledge of Lacan, Kant or Sade is assumed, allowing both newcomers and those who are well-versed in psychoanalysis, philosophy, and literary criticism to benefit from the book. This engaging book clears the path for a long overdue re-discovery and a proper appreciation of one of Lacan’s most challenging works, inspiring a renewed debate on the significance of Lacanian psychoanalysis for moral philosophy and literary theory. 


Écrits, ‘Kant avec Sade’ Critique Bruce Fink Sexology Masochism The Other Ethics Sadean fantasy Freud

Authors and affiliations

  • Dany Nobus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBrunel University LondonUxbridgeUnited Kingdom

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