The Cambridge Companion to Rousseau

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Overview

Rousseau, the great political theorist and philosopher of education, was an important forerunner of the French Revolution, though his thought was too nuanced and subtle ever to serve as mere ideology. This is the only volume that systematically surveys the full range of Rousseau's activities in politics and education, psychology, anthropology, religion, music, and theater. New readers will find this the most convenient and accessible guide to Rousseau currently available, while advanced students and specialists will find a conspectus of recent developments in the interpretation of Rousseau.
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"The Cambridge Companion to Rousseau is an expected and welcome addition to the Cambridge series on philosophers.... It takes good advantage of the possibilities a collection offers to bring diversity to the study of Rousseau. This volume also squarely addresses Rousseau in the context of other historical thinkers." Philosophy in Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521576154
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Contributors
1 Introduction: Life and Works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) 1
2 A General Overview 8
3 Rousseau, Voltaire, and the Revenge of Pascal 57
4 Rousseau, Fenelon, and the Quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns 78
5 Rousseau's Political Philosophy: Stoic and Augustinian Origins 94
6 Rousseau's General Will 124
7 Rousseau's Images of Authority (Especially in La Nouvelle Heloise) 154
8 The Religious Thought 193
9 Emile: Learning to Be Men, Women, and Citizens 247
10 Emile: Nature and the Education of Sophie 272
11 Rousseau's Confessions 302
12 Music, Politics, Theater, and Representation in Rousseau 329
13 The Motto Vitam impendere vero and the Question of Lying 365
14 Rousseau's The Levite of Ephraim: Synthesis within A "Minor" Work 397
15 Ancient Postmodernism in the Philosophy of Rousseau 418
Bibliography 445
Index 451
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