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BDSM Subculture From the Philosophical Point of View
Boiko Mikhail

PhD in Art History

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121069, Russia, g. Moscow, per. Trubnikovskii, 17, redaktsionno-izdatel'skii otdel

michboy@mail.ru
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Abstract.

A specific feature and megatrend of modern Western civilization is a so-called 'radical hedonism' (Erich Fromm's term). One of the elements of this 'mainstream' is the BDSM subculture that proves a latent 'desire for pain' typical for modern civilization (the fact that is 'masked' with specific kind of pleasure experienced in the course of role-playing games and ritualized actions). There are very few articles devoted to this phenomenon and the majority of them have a narrow focus. There is still the need in a broader look at the BDSM subculture and its relation to the 'radical hedonism' as a dominating principle. In his research Boyko provides a general philosophical analysis of prerequisites, functions, meanings and prospects of the BDSM subculture and its close relation to the 'radical hedonism'. The author defines the key role of pain in the process of an individual developing his or her views on the real world, his or her place in the world, consciousness and the feeling of his or her own Self. The more successful an individual escapes from pain, the more powerful the outbursts of pain and invasion of hedonistic 'life consumers' are. Domination of the sensual pleasure as the highest value makes pain as the main alternative value which leads to the spread of sadomasochism practices and pathological excesses as well as the growth of violence, social tension, and threat to individual health and society's well-being in general. 

Keywords: pleasure, subculture, suffering, modernity, sadomasochism, megatrend, hedonism, pain, BDSM, philosophy of pain

DOI:

10.7256/2454-0625.2017.6.21631

Article was received:

07-01-2017


Review date:

07-01-2017


Publish date:

21-07-2017


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