Libertine Enlightenment

Sex Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century

  • Peter Cryle
  • Lisa O’Connell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Sex, Liberty and Licence in the Eighteenth Century

    1. Peter Cryle, Lisa O’Connell
      Pages 1-14
  3. Disquieting Theories

  4. Improper Women

  5. Spurious Practices

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 248-256

About this book


Sex in the Eighteenth-century was not simply a pleasure; it had profound philosophical and political implications. This book explores those implications, and in particular the links between sexual freedom and liberty in a variety of European and British contexts. Discussing prostitutes and politicians, philosophers and charlatans, confidence tricksters and novelists, Libertine Enlightenment presents a fascinating overview of the sexual dimension of enlightened modernity.


Age of Enlightenment enlightenment Europe gender German German romanticism Immanuel Kant inscriptions Kant knowledge liberty philosophy Romanticism William James women

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Cryle
    • 1
  • Lisa O’Connell
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for the History of European DiscoursesUniversity of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.School of English, Media Studies and Art HistoryUniversity of QueenslandAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51350-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-52281-7
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