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Rousseau: The Discourses and Other Early Political Writings

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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316605547

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  • A comprehensive and authoritative anthology of Rousseau's important early political writings in faithful English translations. This volume includes the Discourse on the Sciences and Arts and the Discourse on the Origin and the Foundations of Inequality among Men - the so-called First and Second Discourses - together with Rousseau's extensive Replies to critics of these Discourses; the Essay on the Origin of Languages; the Letter to Voltaire on Providence; as well as several minor but illuminating writings - the Discourse on Heroic Virtue and the essay Idea of the Method in the Composition of a Book. In these as well as in his later writings, Rousseau probes the very premises of modern thought. His influence was wide-reaching from the very first, and it has continued to grow since his death. The American and the French Revolutions were profoundly affected by his thought, as were Romanticism and Idealism. This new edition features up-to-date translations, an expanded introduction, and an extensive editorial apparatus designed to assist students at every level access these seminal texts.

    • Offers the most comprehensive and authoritative anthology of Rousseau's important early political writings in faithful English
    • Includes a helpful introduction featuring extensive editorial notes, dates, names, and places, along with guides to further reading, compiled by a renowned Rousseau scholar
    • The new edition features an expanded introduction, up-to-date translations, a new foreword and an extensive editorial apparatus
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316605547
    • length: 516 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 138 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    A brief guide to further reading
    A note on the texts
    A note on the translations
    A note on the editorial notes and index
    Discourse on the Sciences and Arts or First Discourse
    Part I
    Part II
    Replies to Critics
    Letter to M. l'Abbé Raynal
    Observations [to Stanislas, King of Poland]
    Letter to Grimm
    Last Reply
    Letter about a New Refutation
    Preface to Narcissus
    Preface of a Second Letter to Bordes
    Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men or Second Discourse
    Epistle Dedicatory
    Part I
    Part II
    Rousseau's notes
    Replies to critics
    Letter to Philopolis
    Reply to Charles-Georges Le Roy
    Letter to Voltaire
    Essay on the Origin of Languages
    Idea of the method in the composition of a book
    Discourse on the Virtue a Hero Most Needs or On Heroic Virtue
    List of abbreviations and textual conventions
    Editorial notes
    Index of editors, translators, and annotators
    General index.

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    Victor Gourevitch, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
    Victor Gourevitch is the William Griffin Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus) at Wesleyan University, Connecticut.

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