Rousseau  the Age of Enlightenment  and Their Legacies Book

Rousseau the Age of Enlightenment and Their Legacies

  • Author : Robert Wokler
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-04-08
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400842407

Rousseau the Age of Enlightenment and Their Legacies Excerpt :

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.

Rousseau  A Very Short Introduction Book

Rousseau A Very Short Introduction

  • Author : Robert Wokler
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2001-08-23
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 188
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191604423

Rousseau A Very Short Introduction Excerpt :

One of the most profound thinkers of modern history, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) was a central figure of the European Enlightenment. He was also its most formidable critic, condemning the political, economic, theological, and sexual trappings of civilization along lines that would excite the enthusiasm of romantic individualists and radical revolutionaries alike. In this study of Rousseau's life and works Robert Wokler shows how his philosophy of history, his theories of music and politics, his fiction, educational and religious writings, and even his botany, were all inspired by visionary ideals of mankind's self-realization in a condition of unfettered freedom. He explains how, in regressing to classical republicanism, ancient mythology, direct communion with God, and solitude, Rousseau anticipated some post-modernist rejections of the Enlightenment as well. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Love s Enlightenment

  • Author : Ryan Patrick Hanley
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-28
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107105225

Love s Enlightenment Excerpt :

This book examines the transformation of the traditional understanding of love by four key Enlightenment thinkers - Hume, Adam Smith, Rousseau and Kant.

Enlightenment Thought Book

Enlightenment Thought

  • Author : Margaret L. King
  • Publisher : Hackett Publishing
  • Release Date : 2019-02-19
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781624667558

Enlightenment Thought Excerpt :

"Margaret L. King has put together a highly representative selection of readings from most of the more significant—but by no means the most obvious—texts by the authors who made up the movement we have come to call the 'Enlightenment.' They range across much of Europe and the Americas, and from the early seventeenth century until the end of the eighteenth. In the originality of the choice of texts, in its range and depth, this collection offers both wide coverage and striking insights into the intellectual transformation which has done more than any other to shape the world in which we live today. It is simply the best introduction to the subject now available." —Anthony Pagden, UCLA, and author of The Enlightenment and Why It Still Matters

Thinking with Rousseau Book

Thinking with Rousseau

  • Author : Helena Rosenblatt
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-06-16
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107105768

Thinking with Rousseau Excerpt :

Rousseau's relation to the Western intellectual tradition is re-examined through a series of 'conversations' between Rousseau and other 'great thinkers'.

Engaging with Rousseau Book

Engaging with Rousseau

  • Author : Avi Lifschitz
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2016-07-28
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107146327

Engaging with Rousseau Excerpt :

An examination of responses to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's works and self-fashioned image from the Enlightenment onwards across Europe and the Americas.

Rousseau Book


  • Author : Céline Spector
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2019-07-20
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9781509516520

Rousseau Excerpt :

Jean-Jacques Rousseau is one of the most controversial philosophers of the eighteenth century, and his groundbreaking work still provokes heated debate in contemporary political theory. In this book, Céline Spector, one of the world’s foremost experts on Rousseau’s thought, provides an accessible introduction to his moral, social and political theory. She explores the themes and central concepts of his thought, ranging from the state of nature, the social contract and the general will to natural and political freedom, religion and education. She combines a skilful exposition of Rousseau as a ‘man of paradoxes’ with a discussion of his often-overlooked ideas on knowledge, political economy and international relations. The book traces both the overall unity and the significant changes in Rousseau’s philosophy, accounting for its complexity and for the importance of its legacy. It will be essential reading for scholars, students and general readers interested in the Enlightenment and more broadly in the history of modern political thought and philosophy.

Creolizing Rousseau Book

Creolizing Rousseau

  • Author : Jane Anna Gordon
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2014-12-17
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 316
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783482825

Creolizing Rousseau Excerpt :

Advancing a creolizing reading of the eighteenth-century philosopher, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, this volume explores Rousseau’s strong resonances in Caribbean thought and politics.

Rousseau  Nietzsche  and the Image of the Human Book

Rousseau Nietzsche and the Image of the Human

  • Author : Paul Franco
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 200
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226800301

Rousseau Nietzsche and the Image of the Human Excerpt :

"In Rousseau, Nietzsche, and the Image of the Human Paul Franco explores the relationship between Nietzsche and Rousseau and their critique of modern life. Franco begins by arguing that "among philosophers, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Friedrich Nietzsche are perhaps the two most influential explorers and shapers of the moral and cultural imagination of late modernity." And yet Nietzsche was often highly critical of Rousseau. Indeed, their critiques of modern life differ in important respects. Rousseau focused on the growing political and economic inequality in modern society and proposed a more egalitarian politics. Nietzsche decried the inability of society to take account of the exceptional individual and found Rousseau's political ideas wrong-headed. It is Franco's objective to explore their critiques of the modern life they observed--in the mid 18th century of the French Enlightenment and the late 19th century of industrializing and increasingly secular and scientific Europe--and show how they differed and how the earlier thinker formed the basis of much of the later thinkers' ideas"--

Global Origins of the Modern Self  from Montaigne to Suzuki Book

Global Origins of the Modern Self from Montaigne to Suzuki

  • Author : Avram Alpert
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2019-04-16
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 452
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438473864

Global Origins of the Modern Self from Montaigne to Suzuki Excerpt :

Explores how writers across five continents and four centuries have debated ideas about what it means to be an individual, and shows that the modern self is an ongoing project of global history. In Global Origins of the Modern Self, from Montaigne to Suzuki, Avram Alpert contends that scholars have yet to fully grasp the constitutive force of global connections in the making of modern selfhood. Alpert argues that canonical moments of self-making from around the world share a surprising origin in the colonial anthropology of Europeans in the Americas. While most intellectual histories of modernity begin with the Cartesian inward turn, Alpert shows how this turn itself was an evasion of the impact of the colonial encounter. He charts a counter-history of the modern self, tracing lines of influence that stretch from Michel de Montaigne’s encounter with the Tupi through the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau into German Idealism, American Transcendentalism, postcolonial critique, and modern Zen. Alpert considers an unusually wide range of thinkers, including Kant, Hegel, Fanon, Emerson, Du Bois, Senghor, and Suzuki. This book not only breaks with disciplinary conventions about period and geography but also argues that these conventions obscure our ability to understand the modern condition. Avram Alpert is Lecturer in the Writing Program at Princeton University.

Hypocrisy and the Philosophical Intentions of Rousseau Book

Hypocrisy and the Philosophical Intentions of Rousseau

  • Author : Matthew D. Mendham
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812252835

Hypocrisy and the Philosophical Intentions of Rousseau Excerpt :

Why did Rousseau fail--often so ridiculously or grotesquely--to live up to his own principles? In Hypocrisy and the Philosophical Intentions of Rousseau, Matthew D. Mendham is the first to systematically analyze Rousseau's normative philosophy and self-portrayals in view of the yawning gap between them.

The Opinion of Mankind Book

The Opinion of Mankind

  • Author : Paul Sagar
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-06-04
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780691191515

The Opinion of Mankind Excerpt :

How David Hume and Adam Smith forged a new way of thinking about the modern state What is the modern state? Conspicuously undertheorized in recent political theory, this question persistently animated the best minds of the Enlightenment. Recovering David Hume and Adam Smith's long-underappreciated contributions to the history of political thought, The Opinion of Mankind considers how, following Thomas Hobbes's epochal intervention in the mid-seventeenth century, subsequent thinkers grappled with explaining how the state came into being, what it fundamentally might be, and how it could claim rightful authority over those subject to its power. Hobbes has cast a long shadow over Western political thought, particularly regarding the theory of the state. This book shows how Hume and Smith, the two leading lights of the Scottish Enlightenment, forged an alternative way of thinking about the organization of modern politics. They did this in part by going back to the foundations: rejecting Hobbes's vision of human nature and his arguements about our capacity to form stable societies over time. In turn, this was harnessed to a deep reconceptualization of how to think philosophically about politics in a secular world. The result was an emphasis on the "opinion of mankind," the necessary psychological basis of all political organization. Demonstrating how Hume and Smith broke away from Hobbesian state theory, The Opinion of Mankind also suggests ways in which these thinkers might shape how we think about politics today, and in turn how we might construct better political theory.

Principle and Prudence in Western Political Thought Book

Principle and Prudence in Western Political Thought

  • Author : Christopher Lynch
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 2016-03-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 387
  • ISBN 10 : 9781438461250

Principle and Prudence in Western Political Thought Excerpt :

Reflections on principle and prudence in the thoughts and actions of great thinkers and statesmen. Discussions of the place of moral principle in political practice are haunted by the abstract and misleading distinction between realism and its various principled or “idealist” alternatives. This volume argues that such discussions must be recast in terms of the relationship between principle and prudence: as Nathan Tarcov maintains, that relationship is “not dichotomous but complementary.” In a substantive introduction, the editors investigate Leo Strauss’s attack on contemporary political thought for its failure to account for both principle and prudence in politics. Leading commentators then reflect on principle and prudence in the writings of great thinkers such as Homer, Machiavelli, and Hegel, and in the thoughts and actions of great statesmen such as Pericles, Jefferson, and Lincoln. In a concluding section, contributors reassess Strauss’s own approach to principle and prudence in the history of political philosophy. “Principle and Prudence in Western Political Thought contains a series of first-rate essays on a—if not the—central problem of political thought: how should and can abstract and general principles inform contingent, particularistic political life.” — Catherine H. Zuckert, coauthor of Leo Strauss and the Problem of Political Philosophy

Revolutionary Europe Book

Revolutionary Europe

  • Author : Gavin Murray-Miller
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-02-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350020023

Revolutionary Europe Excerpt :

Revolutionary Europe is an original examination of radical political movements during Europe's long 19th century. It employs both national and transnational contexts, incorporating new debates in Atlantic history, empire studies and cultural history to give a comprehensive narrative of the period from 1775 to 1922. Rather than assessing revolution as a purely theoretical, socially-driven force or a structural phenomenon, the book presents revolution as a process of community building and cultural identification born from instances of acute social and political crisis. Taking into account various moments of political upheaval during the 19th century, including the French, Russian and 1848 revolutions, it explores the ways in which political actors attempted to construct new definitions of sovereignty and social unity in a period characterized by vast social, economic and governmental change. In a wide-ranging text that covers Britain and much of continental Europe in detail, as well as reaching out to the Americas and Atlantic and Mediterranean Worlds, Gavin Murray-Miller provides an authoritative transnational study of revolution in the 19th-century age of high nationalism.

The Color of Equality Book

The Color of Equality

  • Author : Devin J. Vartija
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2021-08-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812253191

The Color of Equality Excerpt :

Enlightenment thinkers bequeathed a paradoxical legacy to the modern world: they expanded the purview of equality while simultaneously inventing the modern concept of race. The Color of Equality makes sense of this tension by demonstrating that the same Enlightenment impulse—the naturalization of humanity—underlay both of these trends.