Rousseau, the Age of Enlightenment, and Their Legacies

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Robert Wokler was one of the world's leading experts on Rousseau and the Enlightenment, but some of his best work was published in the form of widely scattered and difficult-to-find essays. This book collects for the first time a representative selection of his most important essays on Rousseau and the legacy of Enlightenment political thought. These essays concern many of the great themes of the age, including liberty, equality and the origins of revolution. But they also address a number of less prominent ...

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Overview

Robert Wokler was one of the world's leading experts on Rousseau and the Enlightenment, but some of his best work was published in the form of widely scattered and difficult-to-find essays. This book collects for the first time a representative selection of his most important essays on Rousseau and the legacy of Enlightenment political thought. These essays concern many of the great themes of the age, including liberty, equality and the origins of revolution. But they also address a number of less prominent debates, including those over cosmopolitanism, the nature and social role of music and the origins of the human sciences in the Enlightenment controversy over the relationship between humans and the great apes. These essays also explore Rousseau's relationships to Rameau, Pufendorf, Voltaire and Marx; reflect on the work of important earlier scholars of the Enlightenment, including Ernst Cassirer and Isaiah Berlin; and examine the influence of the Enlightenment on the twentieth century. One of the central themes of the book is a defense of the Enlightenment against the common charge that it bears responsibility for the Terror of the French Revolution, the totalitarian regimes of the twentieth-century and the Holocaust.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A] volume, introduced by Christopher Brooke, that all Rousseau students need."--Christopher Bertram, Times Literary Supplement

"[T]his collection of essays is a valuable contribution not only to Rousseau studies and Enlightenment studies alike, but also (and perhaps more importantly) to the ongoing debate on how to do intellectual history and how to address the normative or political use of history by present thinkers."--Brian Kjær Olesen, European Review of History

"[T]his is a welcome collection for those interested in Rousseau and his impact."--Michael Lynn, Historian

"Garsten is to be applauded for collecting in one volume important essays by one of the most eloquent defenders of Rousseau and the Enlightenment in recent times."--Simon Kow, Philosophy in Review

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[A] volume, introduced by Christopher Brooke, that all Rousseau students need.
— Christopher Bertram
Times Literary Supplement - Christopher Bertram
[A] volume, introduced by Christopher Brooke, that all Rousseau students need.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691147895
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/8/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 829,931
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Wokler (1942-2006) was at the time of his death Senior Lecturer in Political Science and in the Directed Studies program at Yale University. He was formerly Reader in the History of Political Thought at the University of Manchester. He was the author of "Rousseau on Society, Politics, Music and Language" and "Rousseau: A Very Short Introduction." He was also the editor or coeditor of many books, including "The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought," "Diderot: Political Writings," "The Enlightenment and Modernity" and "Inventing Human Science."
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Bryan Garsten vii
Introduction: Christopher Brooke ix
Acknowledgements xv
Abbreviations Used in Citations of Rousseau’s Work xvii

Chapter 1. Perfectible Apes in Decadent Cultures: Rousseau’s Anthropology Revisited 1
Chapter 2. Rites of Passage and the Grand Tour: Discovering, Imagining and Inventing European Civilization in the Age of Enlightenment 29
Chapter 3. Rousseau on Rameau and Revolution 46
Chapter 4. Vagabond Reverie 68
Chapter 5. The Enlightenment Hostilities of Voltaire and Rousseau 80
Chapter 6. Rousseau’s Pufendorf: Natural Law and the Foundations of Commercial Society 88
Chapter 7. Rousseau’s Reading of the Book of Genesis and the Theology of Commercial Society 113
Chapter 8. The Manuscript Authority of Political Thoughts 121
Chapter 9. Preparing the Definitive Edition of the Correspondance de Rousseau 136
Chapter 10. Rousseau’s Two Concepts of Liberty 154
Chapter 11. The Enlightenment and the French Revolutionary Birth Pangs of Modernity 185
Chapter 12. Rousseau and Marx 214
Chapter 13. Ernst Cassirer’s Enlightenment: An Exchange with Bruce Mazlish 233
Chapter 14. Isaiah Berlin’s Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment 244
Chapter 15. Projecting the Enlightenment 260

Notes 279
Bibliography of the Published Work of Robert Wokler 363
Index 375

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