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Rousseau





ISBN 9780415308632
Published July 28, 2003 by Routledge
332 Pages

 
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Timothy O'Hagan investigates Jean-Jacques Rousseau's writings concerning the formation of humanity, of the individual and of the citizen in his three master works: the Discourse on the Origin of Inequality among Men, Emile and the Social Contract. He explores Rousseau's reflections on the sexes, language and religion.

O'Hagan gives Rousseau's arguments a close and sympathetic reading. He writes as a philosopher, not a historian, yet he never loses sight of the cultural context of Rousseau's work.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Rousseau: the life and work, 1. Rousseau's divided thought: the morality of the senses and the morality of duty 2. The Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Among Men 3. The Emile Part 4 The Social Contract: principles of right 5. The empire of the laws: the general will and totalitarianism 6. The Social Contract: maxims of politics 7. Amour-propre 8. Men and Women 9. Language 10. Religion and politics 11. Negative theology: revealed relgion criticized 12. Postitive theology: natural religion defended. Concluding reflections.

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Biography

Timothy O'Hagan teaches philosophy at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of The End of Law?.

Reviews

"This book is an excellent account of Rousseau: accurate, very wide ranging... and moreover providing without heaviness or pedantry an account of major recent approaches to Rousseau... This is a very fine book indeed." - Marian Hobson, Mind