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Rousseau and the Dilemmas of Modernity by Mark Hulliung PDF

By Mark Hulliung

ISBN-10: 1412862442

ISBN-13: 9781412862448

This quantity seeks to seize Jean-Jacques Rousseau's wonderful contribution to our realizing of the dilemmas of modernity. For the individuals to this booklet Rousseau is current in addition to earlier, simply because he used to be so glossy and but so ambivalent approximately modernity, a place with which we're relatively prevalent. Highlighted during this quantity is the rivalry that Rousseau set the degree for plenty of discussions of the great and undesirable of modernity.Previous efforts to accommodate Rousseau and modernity have suffered from myopia. within the 19th century the Romantics claimed Rousseau as one among their very own, pulling him out of his historic context, ignoring his complete scale immersion within the debates of the French Enlightenment. within the 20th century commentators have learn into Rousseau the ahistorical and present-minded chilly warfare subject matter of "Rousseau the totalitarian."In this quantity Rousseau is handled as somebody of his age but in addition as a person who speaks to us at the present time. the themes coated diversity from feminism, song, technological know-how, and political concept, to updating the classics, and to the quest for and obstacles to the hunt for self-knowledge. Few if any figures can compete with Rousseau by way of forcing us to resist the cost we pay for "progress."

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