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The Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Botanical Writings, and Letter to Franquieres : COLLECTED WRITINGS OF ROUSSEAU - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Botanical Writings, and Letter to Franquieres


Hardcover Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9781584650072
Number Of Pages: 377

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"I am now alone on earth, no longer having any brother, neighbor, friend, or society other than myself" proclaimed Rousseau in Reveries of the Solitary Walker. Reveries, along with Botanical Writings and Letter to Franquieres, were all written at the end of his life, a period when Rousseau renounced his occupation as author and ceased publishing his works. Presenting himself as an unwilling societal outcast, he nonetheless crafted each with a sharp eye on his readership. Whether addressing himself, a mother hoping to interest her child in botany, or a confused young nobleman, his dialogue reflects the needs of his interlocutor and of future readers.

Although very different in style, these three works concern overlapping subjects. Their unity comes from the relation of the other writings to the Reveries, which consists of ten meditative "walks" during which Rousseau considers his life and thought. The third and fourth walks discuss truth, morality, and religious belief, which are the themes of the Letter to Franquieres; while the seventh is a lengthy discussion of botany as a model for contemplative activity. The overarching themes of the volume--the relations among philosophic or scientific contemplation, religion, and morality--provide Rousseau's most intimate and final reflections on the difficulties involved in understanding nature.

The Reveries of the Solitary Walkerp. 1
Botanical Writingsp. 91
Fragments for a Dictionary of Terms of Usage in Botanyp. 100
Letters to Mme Madeleine-Catherine Delessert: The So-Called "Elementary Letters on Botany"p. 130
Further Letters to Mme. Delessertp. 164
Letters to Margaret Cavendish Harley Bentinck, Duchess of Portlandp. 173
Letters to Pierre Liotardp. 194
Letters to Pierre-Alexandre Du Peyroup. 196
Letters from Abraham Gagnebin to Albrecht von Hallerp. 200
Letters to Pierre-Alexandre Du Peyroup. 201
Letters to Dr. Pierre Clappierp. 204
Letters to Antoine Gouanp. 209
Letters to Marc-Antoine-Louis Claret de Latourettep. 214
Letters to Chretien-Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbesp. 228
Letter of Jacob Jonas Bjornstall to Carl Christoffer Gjorwellp. 242
Letter to Carl von Linne (Carolus Linnaeus)p. 244
Letter to Andre Thouinp. 245
Letter to Marc-Michel Reyp. 246
Letter to Pierre Guyp. 247
Letter to the Duchess of Portlandp. 248
Letter to the Abbe de Pramontp. 249
Fragments on Botanyp. 250
Letter to Franquieresp. 257
Notesp. 271
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9781584650072
ISBN-10: 1584650079
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 377
Published: 1st January 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77