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Engaging with Rousseau
Reaction and Interpretation from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

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Richard Whatmore, Avi Lifschitz, Alexander Schmidt, Jeremy Jennings, Jean-Fabien Spitz, Monika Baár, Nicola Miller, Christopher Brooke, Céline Spector, Philip Pettit, Axel Honneth
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  • Date Published: July 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107146327

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  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been cast as a champion of Enlightenment and a beacon of Romanticism, a father figure of radical revolutionaries and totalitarian dictators alike, an inventor of the modern notion of the self, and an advocate of stern ancient republicanism. Engaging with Rousseau treats his writings as an enduring topic of debate, examining the diverse responses they have attracted from the Enlightenment to the present. Such notions as the general will were, for example, refracted through very different prisms during the struggle for independence in Latin America and in social conflicts in Eastern Europe, or modified by thinkers from Kant to contemporary political theorists. Beyond Rousseau's ideas, his public image too travelled around the world. This book examines engagement with Rousseau's works as well as with his self-fashioning; especially in turbulent times, his defiant public identity and his call for regeneration were admired or despised by intellectuals and political agents.

    • Examines engagement with Jean-Jacques Rousseau's works from the eighteenth century to contemporary political theory
    • Widens the examination of Rousseau's works and image from the usual focus on France and Britain to include Eastern Europe, Germany, the United States, and Latin America
    • Proposes new methodological insights concerning the subsequent impact of an author's works
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    • Date Published: July 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107146327
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'A lover of peace more than liberty'? The Genevan rejection of Rousseau's politics Richard Whatmore
    2. Adrastus versus Diogenes: Frederick the Great and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on self-love Avi Lifschitz
    3. Sources of evil or seeds of the good? Rousseau and Kant on needs, the arts and the sciences Alexander Schmidt
    4. Rousseau and French liberalism, 1789–1870 Jeremy Jennings
    5. Rousseau and the redistributive republic: nineteenth-century French interpretations Jean-Fabien Spitz
    6. Echoes of the social contract in Central and Eastern Europe, 1770–1825 Monika Baár
    7. Reading Rousseau in Spanish America during the Wars of Independence (1808–1826) Nicola Miller
    8. 'The porch to a collectivism as absolute as the mind of man has ever conceived': Rousseau scholarship in Britain from the Great War to the Cold War Christopher Brooke
    9. Rousseau at Harvard: John Rawls and Judith Shklar on realistic utopia Céline Spector
    10. Rousseau's dilemma Philip Pettit
    11. The depths of recognition: the legacy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau Axel Honneth
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  • Editor

    Avi Lifschitz, University College London
    Avi Lifschitz is Senior Lecturer in European Intellectual History at University College London (UCL). He is the author of Language and Enlightenment: The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century (2012) and co-editor of Epicurus in the Enlightenment (2009). Lifschitz has also edited a special issue of History of Political Thought on Rousseau and classical antiquity. Research fellowships have included the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg at the University of Göttingen, and the Clark Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journal German History and the database e-Enlightenment.

    Contributors

    Richard Whatmore, Avi Lifschitz, Alexander Schmidt, Jeremy Jennings, Jean-Fabien Spitz, Monika Baár, Nicola Miller, Christopher Brooke, Céline Spector, Philip Pettit, Axel Honneth

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