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- DescriptionIn this extraordinary work, Peter Alexander Meyers shows how the centerpiece of the Enlightenment-society as the symbol of collective human life and as the fundamental domain of human practice-was primarily composed and animated by its most ambivalent figure: Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Displaying this new society as an evolving field of interdependence, Abandoned to Ourselves traces the emergence and moral significance of dependence itself within Rousseau's encounters with a variety of discourses of order, including theology, natural philosophy, and music. Underpinning this whole scene we discover a modernizing conception of the human Will, one that runs far deeper than Rousseau's most famous trope, the general Will. As Abandoned to Ourselves weaves together historical acuity with theoretical insight, readers will find here elements for a reconstructed sociology inclusive of things and persons and, as a consequence, a new foundation for contemporary political theory.
- Author BiographyPeter Alexander Meyers is professor of American studies at the Universite Paris III--Sorbonne Nouvelle, and a recurring visitor in the departments of Politics, Philosophy, History, and Sociology at Princeton University.
- Author(s)Peter Alexander Meyers
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication03/09/2013
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Note7 black-&-white illustrations
- Weight907 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine41 mm
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