Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment by Denise SchaefferRousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment by Denise Schaeffer

Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment

byDenise Schaeffer

Paperback | January 28, 2016

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In Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment, Denise Schaeffer challenges the common view of Rousseau as primarily concerned with conditioning citizens’ passions in order to promote republican virtue and unreflective patriotism. Schaeffer argues that, to the contrary, Rousseau’s central concern is the problem of judgment and how to foster it on both the individual and political level in order to create the conditions for genuine self-rule. Offering a detailed commentary on Rousseau’s major work on education, Emile, and a wide-ranging analysis of the relationship between Emile and several of Rousseau’s other works, Schaeffer explores Rousseau’s understanding of what good judgment is, how it is learned, and why it is central to the achievement and preservation of human freedom. The model of Rousseauian citizenship that emerges from Schaeffer’s analysis is more dynamic and self-critical than is often recognized. This book demonstrates the importance of Rousseau’s contribution to our understanding of the faculty of judgment, and, more broadly, invites a critical reevaluation of Rousseau’s understanding of education, citizenship, and both individual and collective freedom.

Denise Schaeffer is Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross.Denise Schaeffer is Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross.
Title:Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and JudgmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:January 28, 2016Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:027106210X

ISBN - 13:9780271062105


Table of Contents



Abbreviations of Rousseau’s Works


1 Judgment and the Standard of Nature

2 Learning to Move: The Body, the Senses, and the Foundations of Judgment

3 Books and Experience in the Education of Judgment

4 Judgment and Pity

5 Piety and Authority

6 Judgment, Love, and Illusion

7 Judgment and the Possibility of Partial Detachment

8 Judgment and Citizenship



Editorial Reviews

“Schaeffer’s book is original, insightful, and stimulating—offering a promising means by which to rescue Rousseau from those who would diminish his contributions to democratic theory.”

—David Lay Williams, The Historian