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The Social Contract & Other Later Political Writings (Texts in the History of Political Thought)
The work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau is presented in two volumes, together forming the most comprehensive anthology of Rousseau's political writings in English. 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. This v...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published August 28th 1997 by Cambridge University Press
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An impressive collection of Rousseau's political writings from the Discourse on Political Economy through the Social Contract to the Considerations on the Government of Poland. The inclusion of the first and last named, along with the State of War and several important letters in which Rousseau defended and explicated his philosophy, make this volume, like its companion, indispensable to those interested in Rousseau's political thought. Gourevitch's translations are solid (one can quibble here o...more
Not as good as the first volume (I could have done without "Considerations on the Government of Poland", and "Discourse on Political Economy" is boring as fuck when compared to his earlier discourses), but it's still worth the read. This translation is better than most I've read, and the footnotes, and index are invaluable. Most will probably want to skip the Introduction, but it provides some needed context for The Social Contract. Wish that "Emile" was included so I wouldn't have to buy anothe...more
Oct 14, 2013 Jacob Stubbs rated it 4 of 5 stars
This work builds out of Rousseau's _Second Discourse_ and helps give light to his understanding of man's origins and the nature of government. Rousseau's conceptions of the "general will" and "Civil Religion" are quite fascinating. Rousseau's work and its similarities and differences with Hobbes and Locke are also quite interesting, especially in learning how to appropriate the liberal, social contract tradition. Finally, Rousseau's critique of Christianity is devastating and (in my opinion) qui...more
Jean-Jacques Rousseau remains an important figure in the history of philosophy, both because of his contributions to political philosophy and moral psychology and because of his influence on later thinkers. Rousseau's own view of philosophy and philosophers was firmly negative, seeing philosophers as the post-hoc rationalizers of self-interest, as apologists for various forms of tyranny, and as pl...moreMore about Jean-Jacques Rousseau...