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The struggle between Rousseau's yearning for solitude and his need for society is the central theme of the Reveries.

In the two years before his death in 1778, Jean-Jacques Rousseau composed the ten meditations of Reveries of the Solitary Walker. Combining philosophical argument with amusing anecdotes and lyrical desriptive passages, they record the great French writer's se
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published November 22nd 1979 by Penguin Classics (first published 1782)
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Khashayar Mohammadi
A lovely and refreshing little read. The book is easy on the eyes and flows very smoothly. A book that captures Rousseau's daydreams while walking; rather therapeutic and even sometimes thought provoking. Its a light and refreshing read for philosophy lovers who want to cleanse their palate between long philosophical texts.
Jim
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you read his Confessions, which is one of the great autobiographies, possibly the greatest, you will learn that Jean-Jacques Rousseau felt himself persecuted by virtually everyone with whom he was associated. Even famous figures of the day such as Denis Diderot and the Scottish Philosopher David Hume were counted by Rousseau as his tormentors. Although, from my perspective, I am not qualified to pass judgment on the poor man (as he saw himself), I do feel that possibly he was a bit too tightl ...more
Eddie Watkins
Jun 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Revery seems to have fallen out of favor nowadays. If it's not one of ten million authorities emphasizing the need for efficiency and planned action, or modern evolutionists of all sorts (in business, in fitness, in the arts) convincing us that if what we're doing isn't in the name of advancement and improvement then it's not worth doing, or just us telling ourselves that we must keep up with everything and everyone else and so have no time to swim around in our own selves; revery has become the ...more
Jimmy
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Well, this sounded really good from the description: slightly crazy Rousseau at the end of his life, walking, thinking, bitterness, misanthropy, etc.

However, in practice, it was like listening to that drunk guy at the bar telling you how everybody is against him, and how he really deserves better, and how he's really a great guy and that he's not really mad at these people (he calls them his 'persecuters')... no, in fact he's found peace. But he emphasizes those last points a little too pointedl
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أسيل

عشرة نزهات لروسو تجمع بين بوح الذات وتنقيبها ، يتخللها تأملات روسو الفلسفية,
وعلاقته بالطبيعة وعالم النبات تحديداً، محشوة بمكنوناته وتصرفاته وتصوراته لذاته
وعلاقاته الصعبة المتوترة الشبه معدومة مع الناس وغياب الثقة.
بلغة شاعرية وقوة التعبير وحسية الاسلوب والصدق في البوح

يبدو ان لكل فيلسوف حالة من القلق والأرق والتوتر والتأزم ,
صراع قوى ونزاع رغبات وهواجس هوى, وخوف وحذر ما تجتاح عوالم الفلاسفة ,
يحددها الاكثر تأزماً وعدم التوافق والغياب , كحالة بعضهم مع الفكر او العاطفة او اللغة او المجتمع ....
فتج
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Laila
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Farkli zaman aralimlarinda okunsa farkli seyler hissettirecek bir kitap, derin ve dusunducu... 119 sayfa olmasina ragmen 500-600 sayfa okumus gibi yorgun hissettim bitirdigimde.

Ogretici, farkli dusunmeye sevk eden bolumleri var.

Tekrar okumak lazim...
Debbie Robson
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Maybe I’m psychotic too but I really sympathised with Rousseau and the difficulties plaguing this marvellously intelligent man. Reading the Reveries it is so hard to believe that his “walks” were written over 200 years ago. Some may dismiss him as mad but for me I really think he was overly sensitive and suffered for a good part of his life from a persecution complex. He was also melodramatic, i.e.: “Everything is finished for me on this earth.”
This doesn’t prevent him from writing beautifully.
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Foad Ansari
این کتاب را میتوان بعد از اعترافات خواند یعنی ادامه همان تفکرات است البته بی خیالتر و آرام تر - روسو آخرهای عمر خود را طی می کند و حوصله ثابت کردن چیزی به کسی ندارد حتی حوصله تفکر و بحث کردن با مردم هم ندارم البته در این کتاب هم نظریاتش پر خوصوص آرامش و شادی و زندگی جالبه
روسو با این کتاب تمام میشود.
کتاب قرارداد اجتماعی آخرین کتابی است که حتما باید از روسو بخوانم
أحمد شاكر
أحلام يقظة جوال منفرد
(خواطر- سيرة ذاتية)
لـ جان جاك روسو (كاتب وفيلسوف من جنيف)
ترجمة: ثريا توفيق
طبعة: المجلس الأعلي للثقافة

هو عبارة عن 10 جولات، كتبها روسو ما بين (1776 و 1778)، وهي آخر ما كتب روسو الذي توفي في 2 يوليو 1778 .
كانت الظروف كلها مهيأة لإسعاد روسو إلا ظرفا واحدا: فقد كان يظن أنه محاطا بأعدائه، الذين يحيكون له المؤامرات. لهذا كتب ثلاثة كتب تتناول هجوم أصدقائه عليه ومؤامرات أعدائه وهي: (الاعترافات) و (الحوار) و (أحلام يقظة جوال منفرد).
كان روسو حساسا جدا. والانسان الحساس لا تترجم انفعالا
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Naele
.این کتاب انزواطبی ژان ژاک روسو را به قلم خودش تشریح می کند
چیزی که دردی را دوا نکند دین کسی نتواند بود برای انکه چیزی دین کسی بشمار رود باید مفید باشد یا روزی بتواند مفید واقع شود.

دروغ گفتن به صلاح خویش غدر و خدعه است دروغ گفتن به صلاح دیگران دغلکاری و دروغ گفتن به نیت مردم ازاری افترا است.

بگذار تا بجویم شاید عاقبت انسانی بیابم اگر بیابم حریفان شرمنده خواهند شد.

اگر لازم می آمد که اثار همه ی دیوانگی های مرا در جهان محو سازند نامه های بسیاری بود که می بایستی جمع شود.
Yazeed AlMogren
هذا الكتاب يحمل أحاديث نفس حدّث روسو نفسه بها وآنس بها وحشته كتبها لنفسه ولم يكن يطمع في أن تُنشر في كتاب كما حصل، هنا تجد نتاج خلوات المرء مع نفسه وصراعه مع ذاته وعقله
Ahmad Sharabiani
قسمتی از متن عنوان یک کتاب: باز هم در این جهان تنها ماندم، نه برادری دارم نه قومی و نه دوستی که مرا بشناسد، یا از من یاد کند، در این اجتماع غیر خودم کسی را ندارم. مردی که محبوب همه کس بود، و افراد اجتماع را همانند خویش دوست می¬داشت، از همان اجتماع رانده شد. آنها در عالم کینه و حسد نقشه کشیدند، که چه نوع شکنجه در روح حساسم بیشتر اثر دارد، و به اتفاق آراء تمام، روابطی که مرا با دنیای خارج مربوط میساخت قطع نمودند. پایان نقل

عنوان یک: «خیالپروریهای تفرج¬گر انزواجو»، نویسنده: «ژان ژاک روسو»، مترجم: «ا
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M. Sarki
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sad ending to a life obsessed too much with what others thought of him, or perhaps his own obsession with fame and being loved. Hard to say. I wish he would have walked quietly off into the sunset for five years and then died. It would have said more than this work did.
Nick
Jun 28, 2012 rated it liked it
You can see this book as the man looking at his life and seeking a peace with himself. Lots of people do. I'm a sod, though, so I just seen an endless whinge, a complaint lodged with the Almighty for the mistreatment the author has suffered at the hands of the Universe. The man had an appalling time of it - but when you read this book you can see why; I've never read anything so annoying, so self-commiserating, so self-obsessed. It makes you want to give him a hard time, and a lot of people did. ...more
Andrew
Jun 19, 2014 added it
Shelves: memoir
We all have our melodramatic moments. Rousseau seems to have nothing but. He wanders around the French countryside all "why does no one liiiiiike me? It's so looooonely at the top!" If he had been a teenager at the same time I was, he would have totally shopped at Hot Topic and I totally would have made fun of him (not to his face, I wasn't popular enough to merit that) for expressing the same curious blend of self-deprecation and narcissism that I felt at the same time, that really most teenage ...more
Sara
١٠ نزهات عبارة عن تأملات لروسو خلال فترات معينة من حياته.
Sıla J.
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My god, where do I even begin?
Firstly, I think it's wise to have a general knowledge of what happened between Rousseau and his "enemies" before blaming him for being such a pessimistic, jealous old man. He had every reason to believe that people out there were coming to get him, because they were actually coming to get him. He was loathed by philosophes for he believed that sentiment was more important than reason, and it was certainly unacceptable for the rest of the great thinkers of the age.
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Andrew Abdallah
"هأنذا وحيد في الدنيا , لم يعد لي من أخ او قريب او صديق او صحبة سوي ذاتي ."

هكذا بدأ روسو اولي جولات احلام اليقظة , معدم , منبوذ , مرفوض من كل مجتمعه بسبب ارائه .
قررت قراءة هذا الكتاب لانني ظننت ان روسو سيتناول احلام اليقظة من منظوره الفلسفي , سيريني جانب لم أكن اراه ولكن العشر جولات لم يكتبها روسو الفيلسوف بل كتبها روسو العجوز المتروك المظلوم من كل من حوله و الذي يري انه لا يستحق أي شي مما جرا له . لقد كتبها قبل وفاته بما يقل عن ثلاثة اشهر . انها ليست شذرات فلسفية بل هي خواطر اخيرة لرجل وحيد اخ
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Mohammad Alrasheed
يبدو روسو حساساً للغاية. يخاف من نظرات الناس، وكما يقول فإن نظرة واحدة أو إشارة من مجهول كافية لأن تنغص عليه عيشه! ولعل هذا يفسره أنه عديم الثقة بالناس، ويتصور أن هناك مؤامرة تحاك ضده. يتحدث روسو عن هواجسه بصراحة متناهية، وإن بدت في بعض الأحيان غريبة. كما يخصص جزءا من هذه الهواجس للحديث عن اهتمامه بعلم النبات، الذي اهتم به أواخر حياته. وفي إحدى الهواجس فلسفة رائعة عن الكذب لا تملك إلا الإعجاب بها سواء اتفقت أو اختلفت معه. كتاب جميل عن فترة زمنية انصرف فيها روسو إلى العزلة والانطواء قاطعاً صلته ب ...more
Rick
Apr 18, 2010 rated it liked it
This book only gets three stars due to Rousseau's obvious talent. I cannot rate it any higher because I cannot stand what he represents. Rousseau is the root of modern day rationalizing, relativism and inflated self esteem. The most frustrating thing about reading this is that his sense of self worth and his paranoia has its roots in reality. He was truly both loved and hated in his time. Count me among those that would have been a hater. His justifications for his questionable acts, including a ...more
Ken
Jul 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Extra star for quotes like "The various periods of short-lived prosperity that I have enjoyed have left me with almost no agreeable memories of deep and lasting impressions: by contrast, in all the hardships of my life I was invariably full of affectionate, touching and delightful emotions which poured a healing balm over the wounds of my injured soul and seemed to change its pains into pleasures."

But mostly this is just the sort-of adorable ramblings of a paranoid, deluded old fool.
Malak Latif
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
في هذهِ النّزهات تتكشّف صورة روسو من جهات عديدة
أحيانًا كنت أبغض صورة الرجل المنتهك، أو العاطفيّ الذي يعترف بذاته وحدها.. بطريقة -استفزتني شخصيًا-
وأحيانًا أحبها، إذ في هذه النزهات حالات إنسانية جميلة.

* الترجمة جيدة ولكن لم تعجبني تمامًا. ثمة تركيب سيء لبعض الجمل.
عبدُالعزيز
الترجمة عظيمة جدًا
Omaira
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ensayo
Matty-Swytla
Well, this was... not what I expected. Lots of paranoid ramblings, lots of melodrama, and extremely long sentences. Just not something you need to read. Damn, the 1001-books-you-need-to-read-before-you-die challenge has some real stinkers in the list. Just who compiled it again?
Charlotte
Aug 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
he is the most obnoxious person who has ever lived
Alex
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
It's important to have some knowledge (which I didn't have) of Rousseau's life and work prior to reading "Reveries"; at the least, the introduction shouldn't be skipped. It provides the context for the 9.5-ish walks, without which Rousseau would come off as whiny, smug, and a little arrogant.

That said, Rousseau comes off as whiny, smug, and a little arrogant in this book. It is certainly a shame that society shunned him for his writings - he had reason to complain. However, throughout the book,
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Bob Nichols
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Written just before he died, Rousseau’s reflections are mainly about those (“traitors,” “persecutors”) who failed to recognize the value of his writing or were critical of it; or toward those who criticized him personally or who made demands on his time or position. There’s a good sense of betrayal and self-pity in these “walks” along with a hefty dose of confession about failures.

The “reveries” word in the title doesn’t match the book’s mood. While Rousseau finds joys in this exile from societ
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David
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Daydreaming is one thing, writing is another indeed, being simply a faithful record of my solitary walks and reveries that occupy them, how could it be?
Not many of the walks are directly concerned with the walks around Paris thought they may record some of the thoughts that filled Rousseau head as he walked...

The forth walk... was the most highly structured of all , it poses a question and deals with its various ramifications in a methodical way answering possible objections giving examples and
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Cem
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
J.J.Rousseau;1712 doğumlu,tam bir iyilik timsali,erdem için yaratılmış sanki,Sokrates'in reenkarnasyonu muhtemelen.
Ona göre insanları kusursuz yapan şey güç ve özgürlüktür;zayıflık ve tutsaklık ise yalnızca kötü insanlar doğurur.
O,bütün arzularını gerçekleştirebilecek ve kimse tarafından kandırılmadan her şeyi yapabilecek kadar özgür olsaymış tek bir şey istermiş: Kalplerin memnun olduğunu görmek.
Özgürlüğün,insanın canının istediğini yapması anlamına geldiğine asla inanmaz.Çünkü ona göre özgürlü
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