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Rousseau's Reader

Author: John T. Scott

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226689289

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

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On his famous walk to Vincennes to visit the imprisoned Diderot, Rousseau had what he called an “illumination”—the realization that man was naturally good but becomes corrupted by the influence of society—a fundamental change in Rousseau’s perspective that would animate all of his subsequent works. At that moment, Rousseau “saw” something he had hitherto not seen, and he made it his mission to help his readers share that vision through an array of rhetorical and literary techniques. In Rousseau’s Reader, John T. Scott looks at the different strategies Rousseau used to engage and persuade the readers of his major philosophical works, including the Social Contract, Discourse on Inequality, and Emile. Considering choice of genre; textual structure; frontispieces and illustrations; shifting authorial and narrative voice; addresses to readers that alternately invite and challenge; apostrophe, metaphor, and other literary devices; and, of course, paradox, Scott explores how the form of Rousseau’s writing relates to the content of his thought and vice versa. Through this skillful interplay of form and content, Rousseau engages in a profoundly transformative dialogue with his readers. While most political philosophers have focused, understandably, on Rousseau’s ideas, Scott shows convincingly that the way he conveyed them is also of vital importance, especially given Rousseau’s enduring interest in education. Giving readers the key to Rousseau’s style, Scott offers fresh and original insights into the relationship between the substance of his thought and his literary and rhetorical techniques, which enhance our understanding of Rousseau’s project and the audiences he intended to reach.
Seducing the Eighteenth-Century French Reader
Language: en
Pages: 174
Authors: Paul J. Young
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-12-05 - Publisher: Routledge

As he demonstrates that narratives of seduction function as a master plot for French literature in the eighteenth century, Paul Young argues that the prevalence of this trope was a reaction to a dominant cultural discourse that coded the novel and the new practice of solitary reading as dangerous, seductive
Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Denise Schaeffer
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-01-23 - Publisher: Penn State Press

In Rousseau on Education, Freedom, and Judgment, Denise Schaeffer challenges the common view of Rousseau as primarily concerned with conditioning citizens’ passions in order to promote republican virtue and unreflective patriotism. Schaeffer argues that, to the contrary, Rousseau’s central concern is the problem of judgment and how to foster it
Rousseau and His Reader
Language: en
Pages: 108
Authors: Robert J. Ellrich
Categories: Authors and readers
Type: BOOK - Published: 1969 - Publisher: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Romance Studies

This study is an analysis of Rousseau's relationship to his reader in the major works from Discours sur les sciences et les arts to Reveries du promeneur solitaire. In addition to specialists, the volume will be of interest to a broad audience directly acquainted with the major works and should
Rousseau, Nature, and the Problem of the Good Life
Language: en
Authors: Laurence D. Cooper
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2010-11-01 - Publisher: Penn State Press

The rise of modern science created a crisis for Western moral and political philosophy, which had theretofore relied either on Christian theology or Aristotelian natural teleology as guarantors of an objective standard for "the good life." This book examines Rousseau's effort to show how and why, despite this challenge from
Rousseau and Liberty
Language: en
Pages: 299
Authors: Robert Wokler
Categories: France
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher: Manchester University Press

Rousseau is considered to be at once the most modern political thinker of the 18th century and the most ancient in his allegiance to classical republicanism. These essays address the place of liberty in his moral and political philosophy, and the origins, meaning, strength, weakness and significance of his argument.