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The Political Philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The Impossibilty of Reason

By Matt Qvortrup

The Political Philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Paperback

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6581-1
  • Pages: 160
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: December 2003
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Social & political philosophy, Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, PHILOSOPHY / Social, POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory, Political science & theory, Social & political philosophy

Description

This exciting new text presents the first overview of Jean Jacques Rousseau's work from a political science perspective. Was Rousseau--the great theorist of the French Revolution--really a conservative? This original study argues that the he was a constitutionalist much closer to Madison, Montesquieu, and Locke than to revolutionaries. Outlining his profound opposition to Godless materialism and revolutionary change, this book finds parallels between Rousseau and Burke, as well as showing how Rousseau developed the first modern theory of nationalism. The book presents an integrated political analysis of Rousseau's educational, ethical, religious and political writings, and will be essential reading for students of politics, philosophy and the history of ideas.

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