Introduction: literature and democracy; 1. Left to our own devices: on the impossibility of justice; Part I. Fables: 2. Examples of responsibility: Aesop, with philosophy; 3. Freedom, the law of another fable: Sade's insurrection; Part II. Rhetoric: 4. The point is to (ex)change it: reading capital rhetorically; 5. The 'paradox' of knowledge and power: Foucault on the bias; Conclusion: no man's land - ideology, between ethics and politics; Notes; Index.