Diderot and l'âme-machine
AbstractThe article considers the multiplication of speech organs in Diderot's early erotic novel Les Bijoux indiscrets. The main plot device of the novel - the talking “jewels” or female sex organs - enables Diderot to confront two different conceptions of the soul, the spiritual and material, in one and the same body. The article then argues that, unlike the spiritualism propounded by the head, the spontaneous philosophy of the “indiscreet jewels” is one of forthright materialism.
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