9780521424455

Rousseau: 'The Discourses' and Other Early Political Writings

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    9780521424455

  • ISBN10:

    0521424453

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/13/1997
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Summary

The work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau is presented in two volumes, which together form the most comprehensive anthology of Rousseau's political writings in English. Volume I contains the earlier writings such as the First and Second Discourses. The American and French Revolutions were profoundly affected by Rousseau's writing, thus illustrating the scope of his influence. Volume II contains the later writings such as the Social Contract. The Social Contract was publicly condemned on publication causing Rousseau to flee. In exile he wrote both autobiographical and political works. These volumes contain comprehensive introductions, chronologies, and guides to further reading, and will enable students to fully understand the writings of one of the world's greatest thinkers.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction ix
Chronology of Jean-Jacques Rousseau xxxii
A brief guide to further reading xxxv
A note on the texts xlii
A note on the translations xliv
A note on the editorial notes and index liii
Discourse on the Sciences and Arts or First Discourse
1(3)
Preface
4(2)
Part I
6(10)
Part II
16(95)
Replies to Critics
Letter to M. l'Abbe Raynal
29(3)
Observations [to Stanislas, King of Poland]
32(20)
Letter to Grimm
52(11)
Last Reply
63(23)
Letter about a New Refutation
86(6)
Preface to Narcissus
92(15)
Preface of a Second Letter to Bordes
107(4)
Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men or Second Discourse
111(3)
Epistle Dedicatory
114(10)
Preface
124(7)
Exordium
131(3)
Part I
134(27)
Part II
161(28)
Rousseau's Notes
189(43)
Replies to Critics
Letter to Philopolis
223(6)
Reply to Charles-Georges Le Roy
229(3)
Letter to Voltaire
232(15)
Essay on the Origin of Languages
247(53)
Idea of the Method in the Composition of a Book
300(5)
Discourse on the Virtue a Hero Most Needs or On Heroic Virtue
305(12)
List of abbreviations and textual conventions 317(3)
Editorial notes 320(97)
Index of editors, translators, and annotators 417(2)
General index 419

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