The result is a clear, readable, and highly engrossing text that at the same time offers a wholly new sense of the importance and relevance of Rousseau's thought to us.
In addition to his translation, Bloom provides a brilliant introduction that relates the structure and themes of the book to the vital preoccupation's of our own age, particularly in the field of education, but also more generally to the current concerns about the limits and possibilities of human nature.
It argues concisely but eloquently, that the basis of any legitimate society must be the agreement of its members.
As humans we were |born free' and our subjection to government must be freely accepted.
Rousseau is essentially a radical thinker, and in a broad sense a revolutionary.
He insisted on the sovereignty of the people, and made some provocative statements that are still highly controversial. Thus in this translation Emile, long a classic in the history of Western thought and educational theory, becomes something more: a prescription, fresh and dazzling, for the bringing up of autonomous, responsible--that is, truly democratic--human beings"Widely regarded as the first modern autobiography, The Confessions is an astonishing work of acute psychological insight.Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) argued passionately against the inequality he believed to be intrinsic to civilized society.Rousseau was a passionate man who lived in passionate times, and he still stirs passion in those who write about him today.Herder, humanist philosopher, poet, and critic, was born in Mohrungen in East Prussia.In this latest volume in the classic series, Rousseau reflects on projects for a European union; the possibilities for governmental reform for France, including the polysynody experiment; international relations; and the establishment of governments for Poland and Corsica, both recently liberated from foreign oppression. Taken together, these works offer definitive insights into Rousseau's decidedly nonutopian thoughts on cosmopolitanism and nationalism, and on the theory and practice of politics."--Jacket Introduction by G. As full-time governor of Emile, Rousseau begins his study, not with the intent of discovering how the boy would grow into manhood, but with the conscious intent of shaping and controlling Emile's maturation."--Back cover The searing indictment of man-made inequality in all its many forms that Rousseau offers in Discourse on Inequality is a must-read for philosophy buffs and supporters of social justice.This artfully composed argument sets forth the core elements of Rousseau's philosophical views, including his unique take on Hobbes' concept of nature and natural law Censored in its own time, the Social Contract (1762) remains a key source of democratic belief and is one of the classics of political theory.He suffered a deprived childhood but managed to attend the University of Konigsberg, where he soon abandoned medical studies for theology.It was then that he came under the aegis of Kant, an influence that led to Herder's revolutionary approach to history.