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Men and Citizens : A Study of Rousseau's Social Theory - Judith N. Shklar

Men and Citizens

A Study of Rousseau's Social Theory

Paperback Published: 17th June 1985
ISBN: 9780521316408
Number Of Pages: 268

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This book, first published in 1969, is widely regarded as one of the best studies of Rousseau's thought in any language. In it, Professor Shklar examines Rousseau's central concern: given that modern civilisation is intolerable and a return to the state of nature impossible, how is man to arrange his existence in society? Shklar organises the study around Rousseau's two conceptions of Utopia: the Spartan city and the autonomous family group. She emphasises the importance for Rousseau of psychological factors and shows how, when mediated through his images of authority and use of metaphor, they bring him to his notorious view that man is 'everywhere in chains'. In Shklar's view, Rousseau's conclusion is almost equally pessimistic: the chances are very remote that we can overcome the psychological obstacles to become both men and citizens.

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' ... both original and stimulating ... solidly constructed and marked by a truly impressive grasp of Rousseau's elusive thought ... The excellence of this book is undeniable ... deserves the widest possible attention.' American Historical Review

Preface to the 1985 edition
Preface to the first edition
List of abbreviated works
Two journeys to utopia
Moral psychology
The empire of opinion
Images of authority
'One nation, indivisible " '
Postscript: considering Rousseau
Appendix: A brief summary of the Nouvelle Heloise and Emile et Sophie ou les Solitaires
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521316408
ISBN-10: 0521316405
Series: Cambridge Studies in the History and Theory of Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 17th June 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.35

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