The Autobiography of Philosophy: Rousseau's The Reveries of the Solitary Walker

The Autobiography of Philosophy: Rousseau's The Reveries of the Solitary Walker

by Michael Davis

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The Autobiography of Philosophy: Rousseau's The Reveries of the Solitary Walker by Michael Davis

This is the most important book about the nature of philosophy and of the human soul published this year. In making the condition for its own possibility its deepest concern, philosophy is necessarily about itself_it is autobiographical. The first part of The Autobiography of Philosophy interprets Heidegger's Being and Time, Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals, Aristotle's Metaphysics, and Plato's Lysis as examples of the implicitly autobiographical character of philosophy. The second part is a reading of Rousseau's The Reveries of the Solitary Walker. Although Rousseau's explicitly autobiographical writings are more often read for the tantalizing details of his rather eccentric life than for their philosophical import, this work is an artful use of Rousseau's exile and isolation_'the strangest position in which a mortal could ever find himself'_as a paradigm for the human soul in its relation to the world. In powerfully articulating the activity that is at the core of all philosophy, The Reveries articulates the nature of the human soul for which this activity is the defining possibility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847692279
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/23/1998
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Michael Davis is professor of philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College. His most recent works include The Politics of Philosophy: A Commentary on Aristotle's Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 1996).

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Philosophy as Autobiography Part 2 Part One: The Question of Philosophy Chapter 3 Phenomenology and Philosophy: The Good of Being Chapter 4 Nietzsche's Genealogy and Philosophy: The Being of the Good Chapter 5 Philosophy and Wisdom: The Question of Being in Aristotle's Metaphysics A Chapter 6 Philosophy and Friendship: The Question of the Good in Plato's Lysis Chapter 7 Parabasis Part 8 Part Two: Rousseau's Life Chapter 9 Solitude and Society Chapter 10 The Fall Chapter 11 The True Morality Chapter 12 The Goodness of Truth Chapter 13 The Island of the Blessed Chapter 14 Authority Chapter 15 Beauty Chapter 16 The End of Suffering Chapter 17 Them Chapter 18 The Soul Chapter 19 Index

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