J. J. Rousseau: An Afterlife of Words

J. J. Rousseau: An Afterlife of Words

Eli Friedlander


Eli Friedlander reads Rousseau's autobiography, Reveries of the Solitary Walker, as philosophy. examining this paintings opposed to Descartes's Meditations, Friedlander exhibits how Rousseau's memorable transformation of expertise via writing opens up the opportunity of asserting even the main dejected nation of being and permits the emergence of the innocence of nature out of the ruins of all social attachments. In tracing the new edition of a human topic in reverie, Friedlander is alive to the very kind of the adventure of studying the Reveries via displaying the methods this paintings wishes to--and in impression does--generate a reader, with out betraying Rousseau's utter solitude.

Friedlander's publication presents an afterlife for the Reveries in glossy philosophy. It constitutes an alternative choice to the analytic tradition's revival of Rousseau, essentially via Rawls's influential imaginative and prescient of the social agreement. It additionally counters the destiny of Rousseau's writings within the continental culture, decided mainly by way of Derrida's deconstruction.

Friedlander's studying of the Reveries, a piece that has involved generations of readers, is an incomparable advent to at least one of the best thinkers in Western tradition.

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