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Rousseau : A Very Short Introduction - Robert Wokler


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 23rd August 2001
ISBN: 9780192801982
Number Of Pages: 188

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One of the most profound thinkers of modern history, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) was a central figure of the European Enlightenment. He was also its most formidable critic, condemning the political, economic, theological, and sexual trappings of civilization along lines that would excite the enthusiasm of romantic individualists and radical revolutionaries alike. In this study of Rousseau's life and works, Robert Wolker shows how his philosophy of history, his theories of music and politics, his fiction, educational, and religious writings, and even his botany, were all inspired by revolutionary ideals of mankind's self-realization in a condition of unfettered freedom. He explains how, in regressing to classical republicanism, ancient mythology, direct communication with God, and solitude, Rousseau anticipated some post-modernist rejections of the Enlightenment as well.

1: Life and times of a citizen of Geneva 2: Culture, music, and the Corruption of Morals 3: Human nature and civil society 4: Liberty, virtue and citizenship 5: Religion, education, and sexuality 6: Vagabond reverie Further reading, Index

ISBN: 9780192801982
ISBN-10: 0192801988
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 23rd August 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.0 x 11.4  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 2