Public Vision, Private Lives: Rousseau, Religion, and 21st-Century Democracy

Public Vision, Private Lives: Rousseau, Religion, and 21st-Century Democracy

by Mark Sydney Cladis, Mark S. Cladis
     
 

Listening closely to the religious pitch in Rousseau's voice, Cladis convincingly shows that Rousseau, when attempting to portray the most characteristic aspects of the public and private, reached for a religious vocabulary. Honoring both love of self and love of that which is larger than the self—these twin poles, with all the tension between them—mark

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Listening closely to the religious pitch in Rousseau's voice, Cladis convincingly shows that Rousseau, when attempting to portray the most characteristic aspects of the public and private, reached for a religious vocabulary. Honoring both love of self and love of that which is larger than the self—these twin poles, with all the tension between them—mark Rousseau's work, vision and challenge—the challenge of 21st-century democracy.

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ISBN-13:
9780195125542
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/27/2003
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preparing for the Journey: An Introduction3
IFrom the Garden to the City: The Tragic Passage
1Nature's Garden35
2Revisiting the Garden's Solitaires44
3From the Garden to the Blessed Country: The Precarious Passage52
4The Rush to Slavery64
5The City: Life in the Ousted Condition79
6Overcoming Moral Evil: Rousseau at the Crossroads100
IIPaths to Redemption
7Reforming the City: The Extreme Public Path125
8Evading the City: The Private Path154
9The Mountain Village: The Path to Family, Work, Community, and Love172
10Reconciling Citizen and Solitaire: Religious Dimensions of the Middle Way187
11Residual Conflict: Democracy and Ineluctable Friction214
Conclusion: A Way Forward: Rousseau and 21st-Century Democracy229
Notes249
Works Cited279
Index285

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