Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment

Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment

by Denise Schaeffer

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In Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment, Denise Schaeffer challenges the common view of Rousseau as primarily concerned with conditioning citizens’ passions in order to promote republican virtue and unreflective patriotism. Schaeffer argues that, to the contrary, Rousseau’s central concern is the problem of judgment and how to foster it on both the individual and political level in order to create the conditions for genuine self-rule. Offering a detailed commentary on Rousseau’s major work on education, Emile, and a wide-ranging analysis of the relationship between Emile and several of Rousseau’s other works, Schaeffer explores Rousseau’s understanding of what good judgment is, how it is learned, and why it is central to the achievement and preservation of human freedom. The model of Rousseauian citizenship that emerges from Schaeffer’s analysis is more dynamic and self-critical than is often recognized. This book demonstrates the importance of Rousseau’s contribution to our understanding of the faculty of judgment, and, more broadly, invites a critical reevaluation of Rousseau’s understanding of education, citizenship, and both individual and collective freedom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271064451
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 01/23/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Denise Schaeffer is Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Abbreviations of Rousseau's Works viii

Introduction 1

1 Judgment and the Standard of Nature 16

2 Learning to Move: The Body, the Senses, and the Foundations of Judgment 36

3 Books and Experience in the Education of Judgment 63

4 Judgment and Pity 85

5 Piety and Authority 107

6 Judgment, Love, and Illusion 134

7 Judgment and the Possibility of Partial Detachment 158

8 Judgment and Citizenship 174

Notes 197

Index 217

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