The Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Botanical Writings, and Letter to Franquieres / Edition 1

The Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Botanical Writings, and Letter to Franquieres / Edition 1

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Terenc Marshall
     
 

ISBN-10: 1584650079

ISBN-13: 9781584650072

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: University Press of New England

“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 Franquières, were all written at the end of his life, a period when Rousseau renounced his occupation as author and ceased publishing his…  See more details below

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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 Franquières, 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 Franquières; 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584650072
Publisher:
University Press of New England
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Series:
Collected Writings of Rousseau Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Reveries of the Solitary Walker1
Botanical Writings91
Fragments for a Dictionary of Terms of Usage in Botany100
Letters to Mme Madeleine-Catherine Delessert: The So-Called "Elementary Letters on Botany"130
Further Letters to Mme. Delessert164
Letters to Margaret Cavendish Harley Bentinck, Duchess of Portland173
Letters to Pierre Liotard194
Letters to Pierre-Alexandre Du Peyrou196
Letters from Abraham Gagnebin to Albrecht von Haller200
Letters to Pierre-Alexandre Du Peyrou201
Letters to Dr. Pierre Clappier204
Letters to Antoine Gouan209
Letters to Marc-Antoine-Louis Claret de Latourette214
Letters to Chretien-Guillaume de Lamoignon de Malesherbes228
Letter of Jacob Jonas Bjornstall to Carl Christoffer Gjorwell242
Letter to Carl von Linne (Carolus Linnaeus)244
Letter to Andre Thouin245
Letter to Marc-Michel Rey246
Letter to Pierre Guy247
Letter to the Duchess of Portland248
Letter to the Abbe de Pramont249
Fragments on Botany250
Letter to Franquieres257
Notes271
Index339

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