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The Autocritique of Enlightenment

Rousseau and the Philosophes

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674183452

Publication Date: 01/01/1994

293 pages


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  • Preface
  • Cast of Supporting Characters
  • Introduction: Rousseau and the Philosophes
  • 1. The Virtue of Selfishness
    • The Misanthrope Silenced
    • Self-Love Vindicated
    • Both Interest and Virtue
    • Citizens and Believers
    • Utility for Citizens and Children
    • The Misanthrope Avenged
  • 2. Philosophical History
    • Cultural versus Political History
    • Cultural as Political History
    • Conjectural History
    • Conjectural History Radicalized
    • The World We Have Lost
  • 3. From Criticism to Self-Criticism
    • Into the World
    • The Stoic in Spite of Himself
    • The Self-Doubt of a Philosophe
    • The Father Despoils the Philosophe
    • Birth of a Republican
  • 4. Three Enemies in One Person
    • The Hidden Republic
    • Burning the Vanities
    • From Politics to the Family
    • Haven in a Heartless World
  • 5. Generation, Degeneration, Regeneration
    • Analysis and Genesis
    • Natural (and Unnatural) History
    • System and Antisystem
    • Matter and Antimatter
    • The Ideal Materialist
  • 6. Judging Jean-Jacques
    • Dialogue or Two Monologues?
    • High Muckraking
    • The Paradox of Acting
    • Rousseau Judges Jean-Jacques
  • Conclusion: Posterity Gained and Lost
  • Notes
  • Index

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