Letter to Beaumont, Letters Written from the Mountain, and Related Writings / Edition 1

Letter to Beaumont, Letters Written from the Mountain, and Related Writings / Edition 1

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584651644

ISBN-13: 9781584651642

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: Dartmouth College Press

Published between 1762 and 1765, these writings are the last works Rousseau wrote for publication during his lifetime. Responding in each to the censorship and burning of Emile and Social Contract, Rousseau airs his views on censorship, religion, and the relation between theory and practice in politics.

The Letter to Beaumont is a response to a Pastoral Letter by

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Published between 1762 and 1765, these writings are the last works Rousseau wrote for publication during his lifetime. Responding in each to the censorship and burning of Emile and Social Contract, Rousseau airs his views on censorship, religion, and the relation between theory and practice in politics.

The Letter to Beaumont is a response to a Pastoral Letter by Christophe de Beaumont, Archbishop of Paris (also included in this volume), which attacks the religious teaching in Emile. Rousseau’s response concerns the general theme of the relation between reason and revelation and contains his most explicit and boldest discussions of the Christian doctrines of creation, miracles, and original sin.

In Letters Written from the Mountain, a response to the political crisis in Rousseau’s homeland of Geneva caused by a dispute over the burning of his works, Rousseau extends his discussion of Christianity and shows how the political principles of the Social Contract can be applied to a concrete constitutional crisis. One of his most important statements on the relation between political philosophy and political practice, it is accompanied by a fragmentary “History of the Government of Geneva.”

Finally, “Vision of Peter of the Mountain, Called the Seer” is a humorous response to a resident of Motiers who had been inciting attacks on Rousseau during his exile there. Taking the form of a scriptural account of a vision, it is one of the rare examples of satire from Rousseau’s pen and the only work he published anonymously after his decision in the early 1750s to put his name on all his published works. Within its satirical form, the “Vision” contains Rousseau’s last public reflections on religious issues.

Neither the Letter to Beaumont nor the Letters Written from the Mountain has been translated into English since defective translations that appeared shortly after their appearance in French. These are the first translations of both the “History” and the “Vision.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584651642
Publisher:
Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Series:
Collected Writings of Rousseau
Edition description:
Trans. from the French
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.21(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chronology of Works in Volume 9
Notes on the Text
Introduction
Pastoral Letter of His Grace the Archbishop of Paris — Translated by Christopher Kelly
Letter to Beaumont — Translated by Judith R. Bush and Christopher Kelly
Fragments of the Ltter to Christophe de Beaumont — Translated by Christopher Kelly
History of the Government of Geneva — Translated by Christopher Kelly
The Vision of Pierre of the Mountain, Called the Seer — Translated by Christopher Kelly
Notes
Index

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