This book, first published in 1991, has two related goals. The first is to explicate Rousseau’s conception of subjectivity; the second is to trace the influence of that conception on his theory of freedom. It argues that Rousseau’s conception of subjectivity provides us with a basis for understanding both his analysis of the ‘social problem’ of advanced civil societies, and the solutions he proposes to this problem.
1. Speaking Apes 2. The Problem of Language Origin 3. Original Nature 4. Rousseau’s Arcadian Ideal 5. The Metaphysics of Freedom 6. An Education According to Nature 7. A Moral Education