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Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521850698

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  • In Perfection and Disharmony in the Thought of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jonathan Marks offers a new intepretation of the philosopher's thought and its place in the contemporary debate between liberals and communitarians. Against prevailing views, he argues that Rousseau's thought revolves around the natural perfection of a naturally disharmonious being. At the foundation of Rousseau's thought he finds a natural teleology that takes account of and seeks to harmonize conflicting ends. The Rousseau who emerges from this interpretation is a radical critic of liberalism who is nontheless more cautious about protecting individual freedom that his milder communitarian successors. Marks elaborates on the challenge that Rousseau poses to liberals and communitarians alike by setting up a dialogue between him and Charles Taylor, one of the most distinquished ethical and political theorists at work today.

    • Appeals to those interested in history of philosophy and those interested in contemporary philosophy
    • Sets up a sustained dialogue between Rousseau and Charles Taylor
    • Appeals to political science and philosophy
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    "This assessment is thorough and exceptionally fair-minded in its discussion of other interpreters of Rousseau. Marks recovers an analysis of liberalism's problems that is more radical and yet more balanced than modern communitarian approaches." -
    --James H. Nichols, Jr. Claremont McKenna College

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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521850698
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 161 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Natural perfection
    2. The savage pattern
    3. Rousseau's rhetorical strategy
    4. Rousseau and Charles Taylor.

  • Author

    Jonathan Marks

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