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The Autocritique of Enlightenment: Rousseau and the Philosophes

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This text provides an analysis of the life and works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an area often overlooked in accounts of 18th-century heritage. Mark Hulliung restores Rousseau to his historical context, the world of the philosophes, and shows how he employed the arsenal of Voltaire, Diderot and others to launch a powerful attack on their vision of the Enlightenment.
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published August 5th 1998 by Harvard University Press
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Varad
Oct 27, 2015 Varad rated it liked it
This is a strange book which is much better on the philosophes than it is on Rousseau. It’s true that Rousseau often is not served well by scholars who look at the Enlightenment as a whole (though I think Hulliung's criticism of Peter Gay is unfair). But reading Rousseau back into the Enlightenment by reading the Enlightenment back into Rousseau is a bizarre strategy. No matter how much Hulliung would like to convince us otherwise, the Enlightenment wasn't a series of footnotes to Rousseau.

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Lawrence A
Sep 25, 2009 Lawrence A rated it really liked it
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A lucid explanation by my old Brandeis U prof, Mark Hulliung, of how Jean-Jacques Rousseau both epitomized and ruthlessly criticized the 18th-century French Enlightenment of the Encyclopedie and the philosophes. Hulliung cogently argues that it is a mistake to locate Rousseau within the Romantic tradition of 19th-century Europe, but that he instead belongs firmly to the Enlightenment tradition of anti-clericalism, individualism, and empirical observation, even as he was far more radically ...more
Sean Chick
Aug 12, 2011 Sean Chick rated it really liked it
Probably his best book, since he places Rousseau in context of a debate over Enlightenment that never quite occurred, but should have.
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