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Engaging with Rousseau

Reaction and Interpretation from the Eighteenth Century to the Present


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Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been cast as a champion of Enlightenment and a beacon of Romanticism, a father figure of radical revolutionaries and totalitarian dictators alike, an inventor of the modern notion of the self, and an advocate of stern ancient republicanism. Engaging with Rousseau treats his writings as an enduring topic of debate, examining the diverse responses they have attracted from the Enlightenment to the present. Such notions as the general will were, for example, refracted through very different prisms during the struggle for independence in Latin America and in social conflicts in Eastern Europe, or modified by thinkers from Kant to contemporary political theorists. Beyond Rousseau's ideas, his public image too travelled around the world. This book examines engagement with Rousseau's works as well as with his self-fashioning; especially in turbulent times, his defiant public identity and his call for regeneration were admired or despised by intellectuals and political agents.

Product code: 9781107146327

ISBN 9781107146327
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW158xS18
No. Of Pages 240
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was one of the most controversial thinkers in the history of philosophy. An interdisciplinary project involving political scientists, intellectual historians, philosophers, and literary scholars, Engaging with Rousseau considers diverse responses to his works and self-fashioned image from the Enlightenment onwards, and from Eastern Europe to Latin America.