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Rousseau : Routledge Philosophers - Nicholas Dent


Routledge Philosophers

Paperback Published: 18th April 2005
ISBN: 9780415283502
Number Of Pages: 248

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In this superb introduction, Nicholas Dent covers the whole of Rousseau's thought. Beginning with a helpful overview of Rousseau's life and works, he introduces and assesses Rousseau's central ideas and arguments. These include the corruption of modern civilization, the state of nature, his famous theories of amour de soi and amour propre, education, and his famous work Emile. He gives particular attention to Rousseau's theories of democracy and freedom found in his most celebrated work, The Social Contract, and explains what Rousseau meant by the 'general will'.

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'An intelligent and clearly written introduction ... It will be of great use to beginners who wish to orient themselves in the corpus of a writer who produced a large number of works of great diversity. It provides all the essential background information ... those familiar with Rousseau will also read it with profit.' - Christopher Kelly, Boston College

'This is a very fine piece of work indeed. In fact, I think it is the best general introduction to Rousseau's life and thought in English and succeeds brilliantly in conveying Rousseau's ideas in a sympathetic yet critical manner. The work is well paced and accessible to the person who knows nothing about Rousseau but wants to find out, whilst still managing to be stimulating to the specialist. I would be very happy to recommend this work to students and to others.' - Chris Bertram, University of Bristol

Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
System of Referencesp. xiii
Chronologyp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Subject of this Bookp. 1
The Aims of the Bookp. 2
The Plan of the Bookp. 3
Why Read Rousseau?p. 5
Further Readingp. 7
Life and Key Worksp. 8
Rousseau's Lifep. 8
Rousseau's Works Outlinedp. 20
Key Themes and Ideasp. 38
Conclusion and Prospectp. 47
Further Readingp. 48
The Three Discoursesp. 49
The Purpose of this Chapterp. 49
The First Discoursep. 50
The Second Discoursep. 57
Analysis of the Second Discoursep. 68
The Third Discoursep. 74
Summary and Prospectp. 78
Further Readingp. 80
Emilep. 81
Introductionp. 81
Emile: Books I-IIIp. 86
Emile: Book IVp. 95
The Profession of Faith (Creed) of the Savoyard Vicarp. 107
Emile: Book V - Sophie, or The Womanp. 116
Emile's Political Educationp. 122
Further Readingp. 123
The Social Contractp. 124
Introduction and the Purpose of this Chapterp. 124
The Social Contract - Book Ip. 126
The Social Contract - Book IIp. 134
The Social Contract - Book IIIp. 153
Overview and Conclusionp. 157
Further Readingp. 158
Culture, Religion and Politicsp. 160
The Purpose of this Chapterp. 160
Custom and Culturep. 160
Civil Religionp. 169
Poland and Corsicap. 174
Further Readingp. 179
Autobiographyp. 181
Introductionp. 181
The Confessionsp. 184
Rousseau Judge of Jean-Jacques: Dialoguesp. 197
The Reveries of the Solitary Walkerp. 203
Further Readingp. 209
Rousseau's Legacy and Influencep. 210
Introductionp. 210
Rousseau and the Enlightenmentp. 212
Rousseau and the French Revolutionp. 215
Rousseau, Kant, Hegel and Marxp. 218
Rousseau and Romanticismp. 224
Rousseau's Contemporary Presence: Some Examplesp. 227
Further Readingp. 232
Glossaryp. 233
Bibliographyp. 235
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ISBN: 9780415283502
ISBN-10: 0415283507
Series: Routledge Philosophers
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 18th April 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.56 x 13.41  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1