Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was hailed by Claude Lévi-Strauss as "the founder of the sciences of man". This collection of fourteen classic papers devoted to his work addresses the points of intersection between the moral and the political, the personal and the social. The volume is divided into five parts: The Critique of Progress and the Speculative Anthropology, The Naturalizing of Natural Law, The General Will and Totalitarianism, Anticipations of Game Theory and Strategies of Redemption. The articles are accompanied by an extensive, detailed introduction by the editor along with a selective bibliography.
Table of Contents
Contents: Series preface; Introduction; Part I The Critique of Progress and the Speculative Anthropology: Rousseau's First Two Discourses: Rousseau on the arts and sciences, Victor Gourevitch; Jean-Jacques Rousseau, founder of the sciences of the man, Claude Lévi-Strauss. Part II The Naturalizing of Natural Law: The crisis of modern natural right (Rousseau), Leo Strauss; Rousseau's moral realism: replacing natural law with moral realism, Arthur M. Melzer. Part III The General Will and Totalitarianism: The relation of Rousseau's 2nd Discours and the Contrat Social, Lester G Crocker; Reflections on Rousseau: autonomy and democracy, Joshua Cohen; Rousseau's general will and the problem of consent, W.T. Jones; Rousseau's 2 concepts of liberty, Robert Wokler; Individuals in society: Rousseau's republican vision, John Hope Mason; Freedom, dependence and the general will, Frederick Neuhouser. Part IV Anticipations of Game Theory: Games, justice and the general will, W.G. Runciman and Amartya K. Sen; 'The stag hunt', Brian Skyrms. Part V Strategies of Redemption: The antidote in the poison: the thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jean Starobinski; Making Jean-Jacques, David Gauthier; Index.
Timothy O'Hagan is Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of East Anglia, UK. He is author of Rousseau (Routledge, Arguments of the Philosophers, 1999, 2003).