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’
2. Rousseau’s Debt to Plutarch
3. Rethinking the Source of Evil in Rousseau’s Confessions
4. Rousseau and Machiavelli
5. ‘Men as they are and laws as they can be’: Legitimacy and the State of Nature in Rousseau and Hobbes
6. John Locke’s Influence on Rousseau
7. Rousseau and Leibniz: Genealogy vs. Theodicy
8. Rousseau and Fénelon
9. Virtue and the Ancient City: Rousseau’s Debt to Montesquieu
10. Rousseau and Diderot: Materialism and its Discontents
11. Rousseau and Hume: The Philosophical Quarrel
12. Rousseau and Adam Smith on Sincerity and Authenticity
13. How Would Rousseau Have Answered the Scots?
II. The Major Texts of the "System"
14. The Discourse on the Arts and Sciences
15. Discourse on the Origin Inequality
16. Emile; or On Education
17. On the Social Contract
III. Autobiographical Texts
18. Rousseau’s Confessions: A Pattern for Living
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
22. Rousseau and Sciences
Christophe Van Staen
23. From Nature to Society
24. Moral Motivation and Rhetoric
25. Contradictions: Thought at Risk
Claude Habib (Translated by Christopher Kelly and Eve Grace)
26. On the Naturalness of Friendship and Family
27. Rousseau on Music: A Case of Nature vs. Nature and convention in music
29. Cosmopolitanism versus Patriotism
V. Squaring the Circle: Rousseau’s Political Science
30. Rousseau’s Political Science
31. Rousseau’s Political Economy
32. Rousseau’s Legislative Reveries
33. Rousseau’s Place in the Civil Religion Tradition
34. The Political Possibilities of the Faith of the Savoyard Vicar
35. Who Needs Civil Religion?
VI. In conversation with successors
36. Rousseau and Kant: Imitation, Genius, and Scandal
37. Self-Unity, Culture and Aesthetic Education: Prolegomena to Schiller’s Rousseauian Mind
38. The Economics of Philosophical Anthropology: Hegel versus Rousseau
39. Rousseau and Tocqueville
40. Rousseau, Derrida and Imitative Novelty
VII. Rousseau applied today
41. Rousseau and Feminism
Eileen Hunt Botting
42. Rousseau and Public Intellectuals
43. Rousseau and Environmentalism
44. External Relations, International relations: Rousseau on War and the Law of War
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