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Rousseau, nature, and the problem of the good life

Author: Laurence D Cooper
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An interpretation of Rousseau's thought that focuses on his complex concept of nature as one major key to understanding his legacy to modern political philosophy. It examines his efforts to show why,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence D Cooper
ISBN: 0271019220 9780271019222 0271019239 9780271019239
OCLC Number: 40408704
Description: xiv, 223 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Rousseau and the Question of the Good Life --
Roussau, Nature, and History --
The Goodness of All Good Lives --
Beyond Happiness, or What Makes the Good Life Good --
The Two Components of the Good Life --
Nature and Human Nature, Part I: What Is Natural? --
The Fixedness of Man's "Present Nature" --
Charting the Human Landscape: Two Chasms--One Bridgeable, the Other Not --
Charting the Human Landscape: Five Human Types, Three Natural Men, One Civilized Savage --
"What Is Natural in the Savage State" and "What Is Natural in the Civil State" --
Nature and Human Nature, Part II: Emile, or the Naturalization of Second Nature --
Between Aristotle and Hobbes, Between Plato and Freud: A Word on Rousseau's Distinctiveness --
Sublimation in Rousseau: Conscience as Alchemist --
What Else Is Natural, and Why --
The Problem of Self-Love --
The Stakes --
Amour-Propre's Inevitability --
Amour-Propre's Ambiguity --
Amour-Propre's Influence on Character and Behavior --
What Amour-Propre Is and How It Arises --
Answers and Rebuttals: An Attempt at Dialectic --
The Birth of Amour-Propre --
How Much Amour-Propre, and What Kind? Gentleness Versus Cruelty, Pride Versus Vanity --
Beyond Amour-Propre? Prospects and Possibilities --
Critical Reflections on Rousseau's Naturalism --
A Return to Wholeness --
The Perils of Rousseau's Naturalism: Some Concluding Reflections --
Rousseau's Subjectivism and Its Consequences --
The Denial of Amour-Propre's Naturalness and the Consequences for Our Moral Lives.
Other Titles: Rousseau, nature & the problem of the good life
Responsibility: Laurence D. Cooper.

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