Justice and Difference in the Works of Rousseau
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Justice and Difference in the Works of Rousseau : Bienfaisance and Pudeur

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According to Rousseau, the best relationship between unequals is one of 'benificence', giving, receiving and repaying benefits. This 1993 book addresses the problem implicit in his writings of whether it is indeed possible for a just and generous relationship to exist between non-equals. Judith Still draws together issues in Rousseau's work which are often treated in isolation: the state, just relations between individuals, sexual politics and the constructing of a feminine identity. She analyses his works, his classical sources, and the conceptual underpinnings of his ethics, crossing the boundary between study of Rousseau as a complex and sensitive writer of fiction and autobiography and consideration of his political and ethical theory. Using techniques of reading drawn from literary theory, particularly from the work of Derrida, de Man and Starobinski, she argues that for Rousseau it is sexual difference which disturbs the practice of benificence.
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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 376g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521025672
  • 9780521025676

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According to Rousseau, the best possible relationship between unequals is one of 'beneficence', giving, receiving and repaying benefits. This book addresses the problem implicit in his writings of whether it is indeed possible for a just and generous relationship to exist between non-equals. Judith Still draws together issues in Rousseau's work which are often treated in isolation: the state, just relations between individuals, the genealogy of passions, sexual politics and the constructing of a feminine identity. Using techniques of reading drawn from literary theory, particularly from the work of Derrida, de Man and Starobinski, she analyses the conceptual underpinnings of Rousseau's ethics, and the gaps and contradictions in his works, to argue that ultimately it is sexual difference, constructed defensively as a fixed, hierarchical opposition, which disturbs the practice of beneficence. She shows how Rousseau's reworking of the classical inheritance in a revolutionary historical moment, his peculiar combination of Enlightenment rationality and near-pathological sensibility, and his oscillating self-identification with virility and femininity, are reflected in this important aspect of his political and ethical theory.
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Table of contents

Acknowledgements; A preliminary note on vocabulary and conventions; Introduction; 1. The problem: the intersection of beneficence and pudicity; 2. The code of beneficence; 3. The practice of beneficence and model benefactors in the major works; 4. The passion of pity in Rousseau's theory of man; 5. Gyges' ring: A reading of Rousseau's 6e Promenade; 6. Pudicity in some of Rousseau's minor writings: its relationship to beneficence; Conclusion; Appendix. Generosity and pudicity in Gyges und sein Ring and Le Roi Candaule; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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