Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Transparency and Obstruction

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This book is not a biography, although in overall outline it tries to follow the chronological development of Rousseau's attitudes and ideas. Neither is it a systematic exposition of the philosophy of the citizen of Geneva, although crucial aspects of that philosophy do come in for detailed examination.
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Overview

This book is not a biography, although in overall outline it tries to follow the chronological development of Rousseau's attitudes and ideas. Neither is it a systematic exposition of the philosophy of the citizen of Geneva, although crucial aspects of that philosophy do come in for detailed examination.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780226771281
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 8/27/1997
  • Pages: 460

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Jean Starobinski is professor emeritus at the University of Geneva. His book Montaigne in Motion, also translated by Arthur Goldhammer, is published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Table of Contents


Translator's Note
Preface

Introduction
Jean Starobinski and Otherness by Robert J. Morrissey
 
Transparency and Obstruction
 
1. The Discourse on the Science and the Arts
"Appearances Condemned Me"
Divided Time and the Myth of Transparency
Historical Knowledge and Poetic Vision
The God Glaucus
A Theodicy That Exculpates God and Man
 
2. Critique of Society
The Primordial Innocence
Work, Reflection, Pride
Synthesis through Revolution
Synthesis through Education
 
3. Solitude
"Let Us Settle My Opinions Once and For All"
But Is Unity Natural?
Inner Conflict
Magic
 
4. The Veiled Statue
Christ
Galatea
Theory of Unveiling
 
5. La nouvelle Héloïse
Music and Transparency
Elegiac Feeling
The Feast
Equality
Economy
Apotheosis
The Death of Julie
 
6. Misunderstandings
The Return
"Unable to Utter a Single Word"
The Power of Signs
Amorous Communication
Exhibitionism
The Tutor
 
7. The Problems of Autobiography
How to Describe Oneself?
To Tell All
 
8. Guilty Reflection
Obstacles
Silence
Inaction
Friendships among the Plants
 
9. Imprisoned for Life
Archived Intentions
The Two Tribunals
 
10. The Transparency of Crystal
Judgments
"Alone on Earth"
 
Essays on Rousseau
Rousseau and the Search for Origins
The Discourse on Inequality
Rousseau and the Origin of Languages
Rousseau and Buffon
Fiction and Boundaries
Reverie and Transmutation
On Rousseau's Illness
 
Notes
Index

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