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The Rousseauian Mind

ISBN 9781138205314
Published January 28, 2019 by Routledge
516 Pages

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Book Description

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) is a major figure in Western Philosophy and is one of the most widely read and studied political philosophers of all time. His writings range from abstract works such as On the Social Contract to literary masterpieces such as The Reveries of the Solitary Walker as well as immensely popular novels and operas.

The Rousseauian Mind provides a comprehensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising over forty chapters by a team of international contributors the Handbook covers:


  • The predecessors and contemporaries to Rousseau’s work
  • The major texts of the 'system'
  • Autobiographical texts including Confessions, Reveries of the Solitary Walker and Dialogues
  • Rousseau’s political science
  • The successors to Rousseau’s work
  • Rousseau applied today.


Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Rousseau’s work is central to the study of political philosophy, the Enlightenment, French studies, the history of philosophy and political theory.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



Christopher Kelly and Eve Grace

I. Predecessors and contemporaries

1. Rousseau’s Socratic ‘Sentimentalism’

Eve Grace

2. Rousseau’s Debt to Plutarch

Rebecca Kingston

3. Rethinking the Source of Evil in Rousseau’s Confessions

Anselm Lam

4. Rousseau and Machiavelli

Vickie Sullivan

5. ‘Men as they are and laws as they can be’: Legitimacy and the State of Nature in Rousseau and Hobbes

Susan Shell

6. John Locke’s Influence on Rousseau

Lee Ward

7. Rousseau and Leibniz: Genealogy vs. Theodicy

Christophe Litwin

8. Rousseau and Fénelon

Ryan Hanley

9. Virtue and the Ancient City: Rousseau’s Debt to Montesquieu

Andrea Radasanu

10. Rousseau and Diderot: Materialism and its Discontents

Celine Spector

11. Rousseau and Hume: The Philosophical Quarrel

Dennis Rasmussen

12. Rousseau and Adam Smith on Sincerity and Authenticity

John McHugh

13. How Would Rousseau Have Answered the Scots?

Mark Hulliung

II. The Major Texts of the "System"

14. The Discourse on the Arts and Sciences

Jeff Black

15. Discourse on the Origin Inequality

Christopher Kelly

16. Emile; or On Education

John Scott

17. On the Social Contract

Matthew Simpson

III. Autobiographical Texts

18. Rousseau’s Confessions: A Pattern for Living

Laura Field

19. Reflecting on the Outlaw: Rousseau Judge of Jean-Jacques in Light of the Greek Tragedians

Jean-François Perrin (translated by Eve Grace and Christopher Kelly)

20. To Walk, To Dream, To Philosophize

Pierre Manent (translated by Christopher Kelly and Eve Grace

IV. Nature, Reason, and Society

21. Rousseau’s Responses to Human Progress

Timothy O’Hagan

22. Rousseau and Sciences

Christophe Van Staen

23. From Nature to Society

Daniel Cullen

24. Moral Motivation and Rhetoric

Denise Schaeffer

25. Contradictions: Thought at Risk

Claude Habib (Translated by Christopher Kelly and Eve Grace)

26. On the Naturalness of Friendship and Family

John Warner

27. Rousseau on Music: A Case of Nature vs. Nature and convention in music

Jacqueline Waeber

28. Inequality

Robin Douglass

29. Cosmopolitanism versus Patriotism

Matthew Mendham

V. Squaring the Circle: Rousseau’s Political Science

30. Rousseau’s Political Science

Joseph Reisert

31. Rousseau’s Political Economy

Geneviève Rousselière

32. Rousseau’s Legislative Reveries

Pamela Jensen

33. Rousseau’s Place in the Civil Religion Tradition

Ronald Beiner

34. The Political Possibilities of the Faith of the Savoyard Vicar

Kimberley Burns

35. Who Needs Civil Religion?

Mira Morgenstern

VI. In conversation with successors

36. Rousseau and Kant: Imitation, Genius, and Scandal

Jeremiah Alberg

37. Self-Unity, Culture and Aesthetic Education: Prolegomena to Schiller’s Rousseauian Mind

Richard Velkley

38. The Economics of Philosophical Anthropology: Hegel versus Rousseau

Paul Cantor

39. Rousseau and Tocqueville

Matthew Maguire

40. Rousseau, Derrida and Imitative Novelty

Wang Wei

VII. Rousseau applied today

41. Rousseau and Feminism

Eileen Hunt Botting

42. Rousseau and Public Intellectuals

Jonathan Marks

43. Rousseau and Environmentalism

Zev Trachtenberg

44. External Relations, International relations: Rousseau on War and the Law of War

Blaise Bachofen



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Eve Grace teaches political philosophy at Colorado College, USA. She is co-editor (with Christopher Kelly) of The Challenge of Rousseau (2013) and of Rousseau on Women, Love, and Family (2009). Her most recent piece is 'Beyond the realms of dream that fleeting shade' in Love: The History of a Concept ( forthcoming).

Christopher Kelly is Professor of Political Science at Boston College, USA. He is the author of Rousseau’s Exemplary Life (1987) and Rousseau as Author (2003). He is co-editor of The Collected Writings of Rousseau (with Roger D. Masters) and The Challenge of Rousseau (with Eve Grace, 2013).


'At last a collection of essays as wide-ranging as the mind of Rousseau. In forty-four chapters, it covers his predecessors, contemporaries, and successors; his theoretical, autobiographical and even musical writings. A most useful companion for the scholar and student alike.'

Arthur Melzer, Michigan State University, USA

'Students and other informed readers will find here clear, carefully-argued articles presenting Rousseau’s texts and offering an overview of the writer’s relations with predecessors and contemporaries. Modern interpretations are fully and judiciously presented. The book is fresh, up to date and comprehensive.'

Michael O' Dea, University of Lyon, France