This book, first published in 1974, studies the similarities between Rousseau’s thought and that of the Stoics, examining Rousseau’s ideas on man, society, the state and government. It makes close reference to Rousseau’s writings, and to the works of Seneca and other Stoics, presenting an opportunity to really come to grips with a complex and often contradictory mind.
1. The Stoic Origins 2. The Nature of Man 3. Natural Man & His Downfall 4. Emile, or the Natural Man in Society 5. The Return to Nature 6. Jean-Jacques, the Man of Nature 7. Rousseau, the Etatiste 8. The General Will 9. How the General Will is Recognized 10. The State & Individual Rights 11. The ‘Prince’ or Government 12. The Best Form of Government 13. The Types of Government 14. The Small State 15. The Religion of Patriotism 16. The Lawgiver 17. The Person & the Collectivity
This collection reissues 17 titles that provide an excellent overview of 18th century philosophy – as well as the debates that surround the topic. Featuring works on Berkeley, Hume, Kant and Rousseau, among others, the collection examines a host of philosophical arguments by the leading thinkers of the time. It is an essential reference collection.