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The Discourses & Other Early Political Writings (Texts in the History of Political Thought)

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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 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. This vol ...more
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Published July 13th 1997 by Cambridge University Press
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Ken Moten
Though this book is a collection of diverse early political writings by Rousseau, I want to mainly focus on The Discourses since they make up the vast majority of the book.

In 1750 and 1754, Jean-Jacques Rousseau of Geneva decided to enter into the annual essay contest held by the Academy of Dijon. In both of these contests, the Discourses he submitted became become extremely popular and controversial and the ideas have influenced generation after generation of thinkers. He would win his first at
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Varad
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a superb collection of Rousseau's early political writings. The focus is of course on the two Discourses of the title, the Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts or First Discourse and the Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality or Second Discourse. What makes this the best edition of those two seminal texts is the inclusion of Rousseau's various replies to critics of the First Discourse. These replies were quite significant in helping Rousseau clarify and elaborate his thi ...more
Rosie
Dec 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
It's a travesty to read The Social Contract without haivng read the Second Discourse. That's all there is to it. Take care of that immediately.
Clare Cawley
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Not the easiest read in the world, but I learned a lot about Rousseau's political philosophy.
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The paragon of insight, style, wit. I am under his spell. Also superb edition
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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 ...more
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