The Legacy of Rousseau
The volume begins by taking up a central theme noted by the late Allan Bloom—Rousseau's critique of the bourgeois as the dominant modern human type and as a being fundamentally in contradiction, caught between the sentiments of nature and the demands of society. It then turns to Rousseau's crucial polarity of nature and society and to the later conceptions of history and culture it gave rise to. The third part surveys Rousseau's legacy in both domestic and international politics. Finally, the book examines Rousseau's contributions to the virtues that have become central to the current sensibility: community, sincerity, and compassion.
Contributors include Allan Bloom, François Furet, Pierre Hassner, Christopher Kelly, Roger Masters, and Arthur Melzer.
Clifford Orwin, Nathan Tarcov.
1: The Problem of the Bourgeois
Werner J. Dannhauser
2: Rousseau and the Case against (and for) the Arts
3: Rousseau, Kant, and the Beginning of History
4: The Tension in the Beautiful: On Culture and Civilization in Rousseau and German Philosophy
5: Rousseau and Freud on Sexuality and Its Discontents
6: Rousseau and the Rediscovery of Human Nature
Roger D. Masters
7: Rousseau's Critique of Liberal Constitutionalism
8: Rousseau and the French Revolution
9: Rousseau and the Origins of Nationalism
Marc F. Plattner
10: Rousseau and the Theory and Practice of International Relations
11: Rousseau, Ethnicity, and Difference
H. D. Forbes
12: Privacy and Community
13: Rousseau and the Modern Cult of Sincerity
Arthur M. Melzer
14: Rousseau and the Discovery of Political Compassion