Rousseau: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 1, 2001

byRobert Wokler

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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 excitethe 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 unfetteredfreedom. 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.

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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 excitethe enthusiasm of romantic individualists an...

Robert Wokler is based at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University, where he is a Senior Lecturer in Political Science and the Special Program in the Humanities.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.43 inPublished:August 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192801988

ISBN - 13:9780192801982

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Table of Contents

1. Life and times of a citizen of Geneva2. Culture, music, and the Corruption of Morals3. Human nature and civil society4. Liberty, virtue and citizenship5. Religion, education, and sexuality6. Vagabond reverieFurther reading, Index

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`Review from previous edition Dr Wokler is ... in command of a vast store of information on this author.'The Times Literary Supplement