Rousseau as Author
Consecrating One's Life to the Truth
Unlike many other writers of his day, Rousseau refused to publish anonymously, even though he risked persecution for his writings. But Rousseau felt that authors must be self-restrained, as well as bold, and must carefully consider the potential political effects of what they might publish: sometimes seeking the good conflicts with writing the truth. Kelly shows how this understanding of public authorship played a crucial role in Rousseau's conception—and practice—of citizenship and political action.
Rousseau as Author will be a groundbreaking book not just for Rousseau scholars, but for anyone studying Enlightenment ideas about authorship and responsibility.
Responsible and Irresponsible Authors
The Case for (and against) Censorship
The Case for (and against) Art
Heroic and Antiheroic Citizens
"A Hermit Makes a Very Peculiar Citizen":
Rousseau and Literary Citizenship
Philosophic Good and Bad Faith
Postscript: Philosophers and the Friend of the Truth