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The Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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❶He also repudiated the doctrine of original sin , which plays a large part in Calvinism.

The Two "Discourses" and the "Social Contract"

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University of Chicago Press: About Contact News Giving to the Press. French Modern Paul Rabinow. The Figural Jew Sarah Hammerschlag. Review Quotes Review Quotes. A genuine contribution that will aid scholars and especially students for many years to come. Strong, University of California, San Diego. His text is fluid, graceful, and as precise and effective an English rendering as can be achieved. Stuart Warner, Roosevelt University.

Scott is one of the preeminent Rousseau scholars in the world, and he exhibits his expertise here. This new translation is in every particular superb: It was not until that he won his first prize for an essay A Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts , its basis being that man from his naive state of goodness had become corrupted by society and civilization's progress.

In he published his Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, stating that original man was preferable while isolated from the corruption of social institutions; that vices develop out of a society where man starts to compare himself to others and becomes prideful.

Catholic theologians concurred that humanity had not sufficiently advanced, yet disagreed that man was innately good. He reconverted to Calvinism around this time, causing some conjecture as to his mental health, which however was a legitimate concern for the rest of his life. Rousseau wrote The New Eloise next, which escaped censor and was one of the most widely read works of the Romanticism period.

His next and most controversial work, The Social Contract while starting with the opening line "Man was born free, but he is everywhere in chains.

The publication of these two works caused uproar among French Catholics and Calvinist censors who were deeply offended and publicly burnt the books. Orders for his arrest were issued. Enduring this persecution but becoming paranoid and insecure, Rousseau lived in exile in Prussia and later England, to live with Scottish philosopher David Hume for a period of time.

He returned to France under a false name after accusing Hume of disloyalty. His last opus proves to be a progressively more and more disquieting assay of self-justification, Rousseau seeming to need to plead his case for posterity, confess his sins. The lyrical Reveries of a Solitary Walker , marks a period of inner peace for Rousseau in his declining years.

I know precious little about Rousseau; I have only a cursory knowledge about some of his biggest ideas. But I have read a few things about Rousseau that piqued my interest, particularly with respect to love.

My question is for the Rousseau experts here: What did he say about it? How did it fit into his view of things? It would be much appreciated.: To begin with, when St Germain-Gioachino Cocchi "is in town", in , theater lovers all around fall to his charms only, a "Dupin de Francueil" with a dubious theatrical expertise stepping quietly aside Furthermore, as Abbe Raynal and Baron von Gleichen are registered today among Mme d'Epinay's "elect few", often visiting her "salon", one can only wonde Because hold your breath please: I've been studying The Social Contract all today.

And though I didn't read the whole thing, I think I'm already a fan of Rousseau. I have a thing for idealists, who still had faith in human goodness, and the possibility of a Utopian Society.

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Jean Jacques Rousseau () "Citizen Rousseau of Geneva", writer, musician and political theorist, penned the well-known Social Contract in While his .

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the most influential thinkers during the Enlightenment in eighteenth century Europe. His first major philosophical work, A Discourse on the Sciences and Arts, was the winning response to an essay contest conducted by the Academy of Dijon in

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The three works collected in The Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau represent an important contribution to eighteenth-century political theory that has exerted an extensive influence on generations of thinkers, beginning with the leaders of the French Revolution and continuing to the present day. The new translations on offer. Jean-Jacques Rousseau ( - ) was a French philosopher and writer of the Age of Enlightenment. His Political Philosophy, particularly his formulation of social contract theory (or Contractarianism), strongly influenced the French Revolution and the development of Liberal, Conservative and Socialist theory.

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Jean Jacques Rousseau was born on June 28, in Geneva, Switzerland. Nine days later, his mother, Suzanne Bernard Rousseau, died due to complications from childbirth. His father, Isaac Rousseau, was a watchmaker who often left for extended periods of time to pursue his trade. In , Rousseau's. Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss-born philosopher, writer, and political theorist who inspired the leaders of the French Revolution and Romanticism.