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Thinking with Rousseau

Thinking with Rousseau
From Machiavelli to Schmitt


Helena Rosenblatt, Paul Schweigert, Maurizio Viroli, James Miller, Richard Tuck, J. Kent Wright, David Sorkin, Pierre Force, Anthony La Vope, Jonathan Israel, Joanna Stalnaker, Susan Shell, Richard Velkley, Barbara Taylor, Aurelian Craiutu, K. Steven Vincent, Jerrold Siegel, David Bates
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  • Date Published: June 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107513594

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  • Although indisputably one of the most important thinkers in the Western intellectual tradition, Rousseau's actual place within that tradition, and the legacy of his thought, remains hotly disputed. Thinking with Rousseau reconsiders his contribution to this tradition through a series of essays exploring the relationship between Rousseau and other 'great thinkers'. Ranging from 'Rousseau and Machiavelli' to 'Rousseau and Schmitt', this volume focuses on the kind of intricate work that intellectuals do when they read each other and grapple with one another's ideas. This approach is very helpful in explaining how old ideas are transformed and/or transmitted and new ones are generated. Rousseau himself was a master at appropriating the ideas of others, while simultaneously subverting them, and as the essays in this volume vividly demonstrate, the resulting ambivalences and paradoxes in his thought were creatively mined by others.

    • Explores the relationship between Rousseau and other philosophers, both his predecessors and his successors, allowing readers to see how ideas are transformed and new ones are generated
    • Reconsiders Rousseau's place within the Western intellectual tradition, giving readers fresh perspectives on specific historical contexts
    • Includes discussions of thinkers who were highly influential in their time, but have been forgotten since
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107513594
    • length: 338 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 151 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Helena Rosenblatt and Paul Schweigert
    1. Rousseau and Machiavelli: two interpretations of Republicanism Maurizio Viroli
    2. Rousseau and Montaigne: from enthusiasm to equanimity James Miller
    3. Rousseau and Hobbes: the Hobbesianism of Rousseau Richard Tuck
    4. Rousseau and Montesquieu J. Kent Wright
    5. Rousseau and Mendelssohn: 'enraptured reason': Rousseau's presence in Moses Mendelssohn's thought David Sorkin
    6. Rousseau and Smith on sympathy as a first principle Pierre Force
    7. Rousseau and A. L. Thomas Anthony La Vopa
    8. Rousseau and d'Holbach: the revolutionary implications of la philosophie anti-Thérésienne Jonathan Israel
    9. Rousseau and Diderot Joanna Stalnaker
    10. Rousseau and Kant: Rousseau's Kantian legacy Susan Shell and Richard Velkley
    11. Rousseau and Wollstonecraft, solitary walkers Barbara Taylor
    12. Rousseau and Madame de Staël: a surprising dialogue Aurelian Craiutu
    13. Rousseau and Proudhon: human nature, property, and the social contract K. Steven Vincent
    14. Rousseau, Marx and human fulfillment Jerrold Siegel
    15. Rousseau and Schmitt: sovereigns and dictators David Bates.

  • Editors

    Helena Rosenblatt, City University of New York
    Professor Helena Rosenblatt serves as executive officer of the PhD program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She specializes in European intellectual history and her research areas encompass liberalism, republicanism, Christian thought, and the Enlightenment. She is the author or editor of a number of titles including Liberal Values: Benjamin Constant and the Politics of Religion (Cambridge, 2008), and Rousseau and Geneva. From the First Discourse to the Social Contract, 1749-1762 (Cambridge, 1997).

    Paul Schweigert, City University of New York
    Paul Schweigert earned a MA in History from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He works as a data scientist in New York.


    Helena Rosenblatt, Paul Schweigert, Maurizio Viroli, James Miller, Richard Tuck, J. Kent Wright, David Sorkin, Pierre Force, Anthony La Vope, Jonathan Israel, Joanna Stalnaker, Susan Shell, Richard Velkley, Barbara Taylor, Aurelian Craiutu, K. Steven Vincent, Jerrold Siegel, David Bates

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