The Political Philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau : The Impossibility of Reason

By: Qvortrup, MadsMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2003Description: 1 online resource (156 p.)ISBN: 9781847790842Subject(s): Political science -- France -- History -- 18th century | Political science | Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 | Social contractGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Political Philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau : The Impossibility of ReasonDDC classification: 320.092 LOC classification: JC179Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction and method; 1 The politics of the soul: the life and times of Jean-Jacques Rousseau; 2 The disenchantment of the world; 3 Checks, balances and popular participation: Rousseau as a constitutionalist; 4 A civic profession of faith: Rousseau's and nationalism; 5 The last of the ancients the first of the moderns?; 6 Epilogue: in the beginning was song; Chronology of Rousseau's life (1712-78); Bibliography; Index
Summary: The first comprehensive analysis of Rousseau's political philosophy for a generation, this timely book rejects the authoritarian reading of Rousseau and establishes him as an anti-revolutionary closer to Burke than to Robespierre.
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Contents; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction and method; 1 The politics of the soul: the life and times of Jean-Jacques Rousseau; 2 The disenchantment of the world; 3 Checks, balances and popular participation: Rousseau as a constitutionalist; 4 A civic profession of faith: Rousseau's and nationalism; 5 The last of the ancients the first of the moderns?; 6 Epilogue: in the beginning was song; Chronology of Rousseau's life (1712-78); Bibliography; Index

The first comprehensive analysis of Rousseau's political philosophy for a generation, this timely book rejects the authoritarian reading of Rousseau and establishes him as an anti-revolutionary closer to Burke than to Robespierre.

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CHOICE Review

In a quickly moving, almost conversational, style, Qvortrup presents a novel interpretation of Rousseau as a man for our time, a model for John F. Kennedy, perhaps even Henry Kissinger. He does so by drawing attention to those aspects of Rousseau's writings that point to praise for patriotism, nationalism, and constitutionalism--in sum, to what Qvortrup denotes as compassionate conservatism--while ignoring Rousseau's praise of morality based on pride or self-love (amour propre, the passion he usually depicts as the vice inevitably leading to evil in civil society) or complicated stance with respect to tolerance when it comes to religion. Qvortrup concentrates on drawing parallels between Rousseau and authors or opinions of today. Thus, the title of the book notwithstanding, he concentrates little on pursuing Rousseau's arguments, i.e., on Rousseau's political philosophy properly speaking. Typographical, grammatical, factual, and spelling errors abound, as do faulty French titles, loose translations from Rousseau's French, and incorrect identifications of Rousseau's intended foil in particular passages. Nor does Qvortrup adequately explain how an author can be the product of his age, while his writings should be considered as valid for all time. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. C. E. Butterworth University of Maryland College Park

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Mads Qvortrup taught for several years at the London School of Economics. A Research Director and Senior Fellow at the Initiative and Referendum Institute, Washington DC, he is also a senior advisor to the British Government

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