[UCP Books]: The Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“John T. Scott’s fresh rendition of Rousseau’s major political writings is a boon for scholars and students alike, balancing the literalness necessary for the rigorous study of Rousseau with crisp readability. This will be the new standard Rousseau text for introductory and advanced courses in modern political philosophy.”
—Richard Boyd, Georgetown University

“With notes that are illuminating but never intrusive, a chronology of Rousseau’s life, and a substantial introduction that offers a masterful overview of Rousseau’s notoriously complex thought, this edition is a genuine contribution that will aid scholars for years to come.”
Robert C. Bartlett, Boston College



The Major Political Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Two Discourses and the Social Contract
Translated and Edited by John T. Scott


Publication Date: December 15, 2012 978-0-226-92186-0
UK Publication Date: December 24, 2012 Cloth • $35.00/£22.50
 
 
Individualist and communitarian. Anarchist and totalitarian. Classicist and  romanticist. Progressive and reactionary. Since the eighteenth century, Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been said to be all of these things. Few philosophers have been the subject of as much or as intense debate, yet almost everyone agrees that Rousseau is among the most important and influential thinkers in the history of political philosophy. This new edition of his major political writings, published in the year of the three-hundredth anniversary of his birth, renews attention to the perennial importance of Rousseau’s work.
 
The book brings together superb new translations of three of Rousseau’s works: the Discourse on the Sciences and Arts, the Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men, and On the Social Contract. The two discourses show Rousseau developing his well-known conception of the natural goodness of man and the problems posed by life in society. With the Social Contract, Rousseau became the first major thinker to argue that democracy is the only legitimate form of political organization.
 
 
John T. Scott is chair and professor of political science at the University of California, Davis.
 
Please contact Melinda Kennedy at mkennedy1@press.uchicago.edu or (773) 702-2945 for more information.

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