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Justice and Difference in the Works of Rousseau : Bienfaisance and Pudeur - Judith Still

Justice and Difference in the Works of Rousseau

Bienfaisance and Pudeur

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Published: 26th February 1993
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According to Rousseau, the best relationship between unequals is one of 'benificence', giving, receiving and repaying benefits. This book addresses the problem implicit in his writings of whether it is indeed possible for a just and generous relationship to exist between non-equals. Judith Still draws together issues in Rousseau's work which are often treated in isolation: the state, just relations between individuals, sexual politics and the constructing of a feminine identity. She analyses his works, his classical sources, and the conceptual underpinnings of his ethics, crossing the boundary between study of Rousseau as a complex and sensitive writer of fiction and autobiography and consideration of his political and ethical theory. Using techniques of reading drawn from literary theory, particularly from the work of Derrida, de Man and Starobinski, she argues that for Rousseau it is sexual difference which disturbs the practice of benificence.

Acknowledgements
A preliminary note on vocabulary and conventions
Introduction
The problem: the intersection of beneficence and pudicity
The code of beneficence
The practice of beneficence and model benefactors in the major works
The passion of pity in Rousseau's theory of man
Gyges' ring: A reading of Rousseau's 6e Promenade
Pudicity in some of Rousseau's minor writings: its relationship to beneficence
Conclusion
Appendix: Generosity and pudicity in Gyges und sein Ring and Le Roi Candaule
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521415859
ISBN-10: 0521415853
Series: CAMBRIDGE STUDIES IN FRENCH
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 26th February 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45