Rousseau's dilemma

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    Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been cast as a champion of the Enlightenment and a beacon of Romanticism, a father figure of radical revolutionaries and totalitarian dictators alike, an inventor of the modern notion of the self and an advocate of stern ancient republicanism. This book treats his writings as an enduring topic of debate, examining the diverse responses they have attracted from the Enlightenment to the present. Such notions as the general will were, for example, refracted through very different prisms during the struggle for independence in Latin America and in social conflicts in Eastern Europe, or modified by thinkers from Kant to contemporary political theorists. Beyond Rousseaus ideas, his public image too travelled around the world. The book examines engagement with Rousseaus works as well as with his self-fashioning: especially in turbulent times, his defiant public identity and his call for regeneration were admired or despised by intellectuals and political agents.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEngaging with Rousseau Reaction and Interpretation from the Eighteenth Century to the Present
    EditorsAvi Lifschitz
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    ISBN (Print)9781107146327
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


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