Public Vision, Private Lives: Rousseau, Religion, and 21st-Century Democracy

Hardcover | April 15, 2003

byMark S. Cladis

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Listening closely to the religious pitch in Rousseau's voice, Cladis convincingly shows that Rousseau, when attempting to portray the most characteristic aspects of the public and private, reached for a religious vocabulary. Honoring both love of self and love of that which is larger than theself--these twin poles, with all the tension between them--mark Rousseau's work, vision and challenge--the challenge of 21st-century democracy.

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Listening closely to the religious pitch in Rousseau's voice, Cladis convincingly shows that Rousseau, when attempting to portray the most characteristic aspects of the public and private, reached for a religious vocabulary. Honoring both love of self and love of that which is larger than theself--these twin poles, with all the tension...

Mark S. Cladis is at Vassar College.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 1.42 inPublished:April 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195125541

ISBN - 13:9780195125542

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"Cladis's new book does for Rousseau what his first book did for Durkheim. For he has provided a rich historical context for understanding Rousseau's most important works while also shedding a great deal of fresh light on contemporary concerns in philosophy, political theory, and religiousthought. This is the most important discussion of the conflicts between public and private life yet written by a specialist in modern religious thought. The writing is clear and vigorous, the thinking is careful and well-informed throughout. A wonderful book."--Jeffrey Stout, Professor of Religion,Princeton University