The Social Contract and the First and Second Discourses
10%
off

The Social Contract and the First and Second Discourses

By (author)  , Introduction by  , Contributions by  , Contributions by  , Contributions by  , Contributions by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Expected delivery to the United States by Christmas Expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas

Description

Jean-Jacques Rousseau's ideas about society, culture and government are pivotal in the history of political thought. His works are as controversial as they are relevant today. This volume brings together three of Rousseau's most important political writings - "The Social Contract" and "The First Discourse (Discourse on the Sciences and Arts)" and "The Second Discourse (Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality)" - and presents essays by major scholars that shed light on the dimensions and implications of these texts. Susan Dunn's introductory essay underlines the unity of Rousseau's political thought and explains why his ideas influenced Jacobin revolutionaries in France but repelled American revolutionaries across the ocean. Gita May's essay discusses Rousseau as cultural critic. Robert Bellah explores Rousseau's attempt to resolve the tension between the individual's desire for freedom and the obligations that society imposes. David Bromwich analyzes Rousseau as a psychologist of the human self. And Conor Cruise O'Brien takes on the "noxious", "deranged" Rousseau, excoriated by Edmund Burke but admired by Robespierre and Thomas Jefferson. Written from different, even opposing perspectives, these essays should convey a sense of the vital and contentious debate surrounding Rousseau and his legacy. For this edition Susan Dunn has provided a new translation of the "Discourse on the Sciences and Arts" and has revised a previously published translation of "The Social Contract".show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 137.16 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 362.87g
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven, United States
  • English
  • 0300091419
  • 9780300091410
  • 205,808

About Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Susan Dunn, professor of Romance Languages and the History of Ideas at Williams College, is the author of many other books, including The Deaths of Louis XVI: Regicide and the French Political Imagination and Sister Revolutions: French Lightning, American Light.show more