A comprehensive and authoritative anthology of Rousseau's important early political writings in faithful English translations. This volume includes the Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts and the Discourse on the Origin and the Foundations of Inequality among Men - the so-called First and Second Discourses - together with Rousseau's extensive Replies to critics of these Discourses; the Essay on the Origin of Languages; the Letter to Voltaire on Providence; as well as several minor but illuminating writings - the Discourse on Heroic Virtue and the essay Idea of the Method in the Composition of a Book. In these as well as in his later writings, Rousseau probes the very premises of modern thought. His influence was wide-reaching from the very first, and it has continued to grow since his death. The American and the French Revolutions were profoundly affected by his thought, as were Romanticism and Idealism. This new edition features up-to-date translations, an expanded Introduction, and an extensive editorial apparatus designed to assist students at every level access these seminal texts.
Preface; Introduction; Chronology of Jean-Jacques Rousseau; A brief guide to further reading; A note on the texts; A note on the translations; A note on the editorial notes and index; Discourse on the Sciences and Arts or First Discourse; Preface; Part I; Part II; Replies to Critics; Letter to M. l'Abbe Raynal; Observations [to Stanislas, King of Poland]; Letter to Grimm; Last Reply; Letter about a New Refutation; Preface to Narcissus; Preface of a Second Letter to Bordes; Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men or Second Discourse; Epistle Dedicatory; Preface; Exordium; Part I; Part II; Rousseau's Notes; Replies to critics; Letter to Philopolis; Reply to Charles-Georges Le Roy; Letter to Voltaire; Essay on the Origin of Languages; Idea of the method in the composition of a book; Discourse on the Virtue a Hero Most Needs or On Heroic Virtue; List of abbreviations and textual conventions; Editorial notes; Index of editors, translators, and annotators; General index.
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 516
Published: 31st October 2018
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised