Abandoned to Ourselves
Being an Essay on the Emergence and Implications of Sociology in the Writings of Mr. Jean-Jacques Rousseau...

 

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Abandoned to Ourselves
Being an Essay on the Emergence and Implications of Sociology in the Writings of Mr. Jean-Jacques Rousseau...

by Peter Alexander Meyers (Author)

 

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ISBN: 9780300172058

 

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Shows how the centrepiece of the Enlightenment - society as the symbol of collective human life and as the fundamental domain of human practice - was primarily composed and animated by its most ambivalent figure: Jean-Jacques Rousseau.


In this extraordinary work, Peter Alexander Meyers shows how the centerpiece of the Enlightenment-society as the symbol of collective human life and as the fundamental domain of human practice-was primarily composed and animated by its most ambivalent figure: Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Displaying this new society as an evolving field of interdependence, Abandoned to Ourselves traces the emergence and moral significance of dependence itself within Rousseau's encounters with a variety of discourses of order, including theology, natural philosophy, and music. Underpinning this whole scene we discover a modernizing conception of the human Will, one that runs far deeper than Rousseau's most famous trope, the "general Will." As Abandoned to Ourselves weaves together historical acuity with theoretical insight, readers will find here elements for a reconstructed sociology inclusive of things and persons and, as a consequence, a new foundation for contemporary political theory.


 

ISBN 300172052
ISBN13 9780300172058
Publisher Yale University Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 03/09/2013
Pages 512
Weight (grammes) 907
Published in United States
Height (mm) 235
Width (mm) 156