La vie sexuelle d'Emmanuel Kant  

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"il est resté toute sa vie célibataire, il n'a pas eu de maîtresse, ni d'épouse. Il fait partie de ces grands hommes, comme Newton et Robespierre, ..."


"La Chose, c'est le Sexe. C'est évident. Nous ne pouvons pas connaître la Chose en soi, nous avertit Kant : nous n'en sommes pas capables, mais surtout nous n'y sommes pas autorisés."

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La vie sexuelle d'Emmanuel Kant (Éditions Mille et Une Nuits, 1999, English: The Sexual Life of Immanuel Kant) is a book supposedly written by Jean-Baptiste Botul, but actually a literary mystification (Botul is purely fictional) on the sexual life of the German philosopher Immanuel Kant, written by journalist Frédéric Pagès.

The information on Kant's personal life was probably taken from The Last Days of Immanuel Kant (1827) by Thomas de Quincey, which in its turn is based on Immanuel Kant in seinen letzten Lebensjahren by Kant biographer Wasianski.

Not realizing that the work was a hoax, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, in his 2010 work De la guerre en philosophie, cites very seriously from this work and builds its argumentation around it.

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