Kant with Sade: April 1963: Jacques Lacan

by Julia Evans on April 1, 1963

1)     ‘Kant with Sade’ by Jacques Lacan.

Published in English

a) translated by J. B. Swenson in ‘October’ MIT Press, Mass. 1989.

‘Kant with Sade’ translated James B. Swenson Jr, October, vol 51, p55-75, 1989.

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See Richard G. Klein’s website, www.Freud2Lacan.com, Translations by James B. Swenson, Jr, William J. Richardson & Bruce Fink available here

Notes to James B. Svenson’s translation

Annotations to “Kant with Sade”
Author(s): James B. Swenson, Jr.
Source: October, Vol. 51 (Winter, 1989), pp. 76-104 Published by: The MIT Press

Available at Richard G. Klein’s website www.Freud2Lacan.com : here 

b) translated by Bruce Fink in: ‘Jacques Lacan: Écrits – The first complete edition in English': W.W. Norton & Co: 2005: p645 onwards : See here

For Translator’s Notes to Fink’s translation of Kant avec Sade, see Richard G. Klein’s website, www.Freud2Lacan.com, available here

2)     The essay ‘Kant with Sade’ was to have served as a preface to ‘Philosophy in the Bedroom’.  It was published in the journal ‘Critique’ (CXCI, April 1963) as a review of the edition of Sade’s works for which it was intended: the 15-volume set brought out in 1963 by Éditions du Cercle du livre précieux.

3) Published in French, ‘Kant avec Sade’, in ‘Écrits': Jacques Lacan: Paris Éditions du Seuil: 1966: from p765-790. See Écrits : 1966 : Jacques Lacan or here.


Julia Evans

Practicing Lacanian Psychoanalyst, Earl’s Court, London


Further texts:


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


The ‘TRUTH’ of Kant’s moral law : Fantasy and the Limits of Enjoyment by Jean-Louis Gault on 1st October 2003 or here

Fantasy and the Limits of Enjoyment: ‘The Mother-Daughter Relationship’: Thread and Needle by Pierre Naveau on 8th January 2004 or here

The Sadeian position in Jacques Lacan’s Seminar X & LacanianWorks posts by Julia Evans on 16th January 2012 or here

Other related texts:

By Sigmund Freud here

Notes on texts by Sigmund Freud : here

By Jacques Lacan here

Notes on texts by Jacques Lacan here

If sadism is rooted in the fear of being human, what does it say about these cruel, unempathetic times we live in? by Julia Evans on 25th October 2013 or here

Comments on ‘A woman is authorised by herself’: An example of THE feminine: Margaret Thatcher? by Julia Evans on 16th April 2013 or here

Giles Fraser reinterpretes ‘Kant avec Sade’ around Occupy London at St Paul’s

by Julia Evans on 14th October 2012 or here

English context of Autism in relation to medical and other political formulations by Julia Evans on 30th June 2012 or here

What works – tackling out-of-limits destruction and violence by Julia Evans on 14th August 2011 or here

… the existence of a “completely ignored underclass” who have developed a “perverse morality”. by Julia Evans on 13th August 2011 or here

The two laws, limits and position: a new post by Julia Evans on 10th July 2011 or here

Melancholia, the Pain of Existence and Moral Cowardice : October1988 : Éric Laurent or here