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The Social Contract

The Social Contract Description:

b i Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains i b br The cry for human liberty sparked the French Revolution and questions the role of government in democracy Includes two discourses i Origin of Inequality i that inequality is the natural result of civilization i Political Economy i examines how politics affects people

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

Discourse on the Origin of Inequality

Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Description:

If humans are benevolent by nature how do societies become corrupt And how do governments founded upon the defense of individual rights degenerate into tyranny These are the questions addressed by Jean Jacques Rousseau s i Discourse on the Origin of Inequality i a strikingly original inquiry into much explored issues of th century and subsequent philosophy human nature and the best form of government br br Rousseau takes an innovative approach by introducing a hypothetical history that presents a theoretical view of people in a pre social condition and the ensuing effects of civilization In his sweeping account of humanity s social and political development the author develops a theory of human evolution that prefigures Darwinian thought and encompasses aspects of ethics sociology and epistemology He concludes that people are inevitably corrupt as a result of both natural or physical inequalities and moral or political inequalities br br One of the most influential works of the Enlightenment the i Discourse on the Origin of Inequality i offers a thought provoking account of society s origins and a keen criticism of unequal modern political institutions

Rating: 3.61 out of 5

The Basic Political Writings

The Basic Political Writings Description:

The basic political writings of Rousseau including br br Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts br Discourse on the Origin of Inequality br Discourse on Political Economy br On the Social Contract br br The publication of these excellent translations is a happy occasion for teachers of courses in political philosophy and the history of political theory Raymon M Lemos i Teaching Philosophy i br br The single most comprehensive reliable and economical collection ofRousseaus explicitly political writings Michael Franz Loyola College

Rating: 3.59 out of 5

Confessions

Confessions Description:

i The Confessions i is Jean Jacques Rousseau s autobiography Covering his first years up to it was completed in but unpublished until four years after his death even though he read excerpts of the manuscript publicly at various times br br i The Confessions i were two distinct works of six books apiece Books I VI were written between amp amp published in books VII XII were written in amp published in Rousseau alludes to a third part but it wasn t completed Though the book is flawed dates are frequently off some events out of order he provides an account of the experiences shaping his influential philosophy For instance the parts of his own education he liked best are clearly present in his account of ideal education Emile or On Education br br Rousseau s work is notable as one of the first major autobiographies Prior to his i Confessions i the two great autobiographies were Augustine s amp St Teresa s Both of these works focused on religious experiences i The Confessions i was one of the first autobiographies in which someone wrote of his own life mainly in terms of his worldly experiences amp feelings

Rating: 3.65 out of 5

Emile or On Education

Emile or On Education Description:

Alan Bloom s new translation of i Emile i Rousseau s masterpiece on the education and training of the young is the first in more than seventy years In it Bloom whose magnificent translation of i Plato s Republic i has been universally hailed as a virtual rediscovery of that timeless text again brings together the translator s gift for journeying between two languages and cultures and the philosopher s perception of the true meaning and significance of the issues being examined in the work The result is a clear readable and highly engrossing text that at the same time offers a wholly new sense of the importance and relevance of Rousseau s thought to us In addition to his translation Bloom provides a brilliant introduction that relates the structure and themes of the book to the vital preoccupation s of our own age particularly in the field of education but also more generally to the current concerns about the limits and possibilities of human nature Thus in this translation i Emile i long a classic in the history of Western thought and educational theory becomes something more a prescription fresh and dazzling for the bringing up of autonomous responsible that is truly democratic human beings

Rating: 3.60 out of 5

Reveries of the Solitary Walker

Reveries of the Solitary Walker Description:

The struggle between Rousseau s yearning for solitude and his need for society is the central theme of the i Reveries i br br In the two years before his death in Jean Jacques Rousseau composed the ten meditations of i Reveries of the Solitary Walker i Combining philosophical argument with amusing anecdotes and lyrical desriptive passages they record the great French writer s sense of isolation and alienation from a world which he felt had rejected his work As he wanders around Paris gazing at plants and day dreaming Rousseau looks back over his life in order to justify his actions and to elaborate on his ideal of a well structured society fit for the noble and solitary natural man

Rating: 3.35 out of 5

دين الفطرة

دين الفطرة Description:

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Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Julie, or the New Heloise

Julie, or the New Heloise Description:

An elegant translation of one of the most popular novels of its time br br Rousseau s great epistolary novel Julie or the New Heloise has been virtually unavailable in English since In it Rousseau reconceptualized the relationship of the individual to the collective and articulated a new moral paradigm The story follows the fates and smoldering passions of Julie d Etange and St Preux a one time lover who re enters Julie s life at the invitation of her unsuspecting husband M de Wolmar br br The complex tones of this work made it a commercial success and a continental sensation when it first appeared in and its embodiment of Rousseau s system of thought in which feelings and intellect are intertwined redefined the function and form of fiction for decades As the characters negotiate a complex maze of passion and virtue their purity of soul and honest morality reveal as Rousseau writes in his preface the subtleties of heart of which this work is full br br A comprehensive introduction and careful annotations make this novel accessible to contemporary readers both as an embodiment of Rousseau s philosophy and as a portrayal of the tension and power inherent in domestic life

Rating: 3.63 out of 5

The Social Contract and Discourses

The Social Contract and Discourses Description:

b i Inspired by ancient Greek city states Rousseau searched for a way which states of his day could be equally representative i b br br Holding men in wretched subservience feudalism alongside religion was a powerful force in the eighteenth century Self serving monarchic social systems which collectively reduced common people to servitude were now attacked by Enlightenment philosophers of whom Rouseau was a leading light br br His masterpiece i The Social Contract i profoundly influenced the subsequent development of society and remains provocative in a modern age of continuing widespread vested interest br br b i This is the most comprehensive paperback edition available with introduction notes index and chronology of Rousseau s life and times i b

Rating: 3.27 out of 5

The Discourses & Other Early Political Writings (Texts in the History of Political Thought)

The Discourses & Other Early Political Writings (Texts in the History of Political Thought) Description:

The work of Jean Jacques Rousseau is presented in two volumes together forming the most comprehensive anthology of Rousseau s political writings in English Volume I contains the earlier writings such as the First and Second Discourses The American and French Revolutions were profoundly affected by Rousseau s writing thus illustrating the scope of his influence This volume contains a comprehensive introduction chronology and guide to further reading and will enable students to fully understand the writings of one of the world s greatest thinkers

Rating: 3.79 out of 5