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Rousseau

Author: Robert Wokler
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Series: Past masters.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the most profound thinkers of modern history, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) was a central figure of the European Enlightenment. He was also its most formidable critic, condemning the political, economic, theological, and sexual trappings of civilization along lines that would excite the enthusiasm of romantic individualists and radical revolutionaries alike. In this study of Rousseau's life and works Robert  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Wokler
ISBN: 0192876406 9780192876409
OCLC Number: 30545072
Description: 132 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: 1. The Life and Times of a Citizen of Geneva ---
2. Culture, Music, and the Corruption of Morals ---
3. Human Nature and Civil Society ---
4. Liberty, Virtue, and Citizenship ---
5. Religion, Education, and Sexuality ---
6. Vagabond Reverie.
Series Title: Past masters.
Responsibility: Robert Wokler.
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One of the most profound thinkers of modern history, Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) was a central figure of the European Enlightenment. He was also its most formidable critic, condemning the political, economic, theological, and sexual trappings of civilization along lines that would excite the enthusiasm of romantic individualists and radical revolutionaries alike. In this study of Rousseau's life and works Robert Wokler shows how his philosophy of history, his theories of music and politics, his fiction, educational and religious writings, and even his botany, were all inspired by visionary ideals of mankind's self-realization in a condition of unfettered freedom. He explains how, in regressing to classical republicanism, ancient mythology, direct communion with God, and solitude, Rousseau anticipated some post-modernist rejections of the Enlightenment as well.

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