On The Happiness Of The Philosophic Life: Reflections On Rousseau's Rêveries In Two Books by Heinrich MeierOn The Happiness Of The Philosophic Life: Reflections On Rousseau's Rêveries In Two Books by Heinrich Meier

On The Happiness Of The Philosophic Life: Reflections On Rousseau's Rêveries In Two Books

byHeinrich MeierTranslated byRobert Berman

Hardcover | April 1, 2016

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On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life presents Heinrich Meier’s confrontation with Rousseau’s Rêveries, the philosopher’s most beautiful and daring work, as well as his last and least understood. Bringing to bear more than thirty years of study of Rousseau, Meier unfolds his stunningly original interpretation in two parts. 
           
The first part of On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life approaches the Rêveries not as another autobiographical text in the tradition of the Confessions and the Dialogues, but as a reflection on the philosophic life and the distinctive happiness it provides. The second turns to a detailed analysis of a work referred to in the Rêveries, the “Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar,” which triggered Rousseau’s political persecution when it was originally published as part of Émile.  In his examination of this most controversial of Rousseau’s writings, which aims to lay the foundations for a successful nonphilosophic life, Meier brings to light the differences between natural religion as expressed by the Vicar and Rousseau’s natural theology. Together, the two reciprocally illuminating parts of this study provide an indispensable guide to Rousseau and to the understanding of the nature of the philosophic life.

“[A] dense but precise and enthralling analysis.”—New Yorker
 
Heinrich Meier is director of the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation in Munich, professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, and permanent visiting professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is the author of eight books, including Carl Schmitt and Leo Strauss and The Lesson of C...
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Title:On The Happiness Of The Philosophic Life: Reflections On Rousseau's Rêveries In Two BooksFormat:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:April 1, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022607403X

ISBN - 13:9780226074030

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“Readers of Rousseau and students of philosophy and of the philosophic life more generally owe Meier a considerable debt of gratitude for his deeply probing and illuminating work. . . . Meier, a reader with an eye to the exquisite and playful and even numerical artistry of philosophers, also practices a bit of such artistry himself. How much is ‘a bit?' Let the question serve as an inducement for the reader to take up this superb book in the same admirable spirit in which it is written.”