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- DescriptionAmong Jean-Jacques Rousseau s chief preoccupations was the problem of self-interest implicit in all social relationships. A person with divided loyalties (i.e., to both himself and his cohorts) was, in Rousseau s thinking, a divided person. According to John Warner s Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations, t only did Rousseau never solve this problem, but he also believed it was fundamentally unsolvable: social relationships could never restore wholeness to a self-interested human being. Warner traces his argument through the contours of Rousseau s thought on three distinct types of relationships sexual love, friendship, and civil or political association. Warner concludes that ne of these, whether examined individually or together, provides a satisfactory resolution to the problem of human dividedness located at the center of Rousseau s thought. In fact, concludes Warner, Rousseau s failure to obtain anything hopeful from human associations is deliberate, self-conscious, and revelatory of a tragicconception of human relations. Thus Rousseau raises our hopes only to dash them.
- Author BiographyJohn M. Warner is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University.
- Author(s)Assistant Professor John M Warner
- PublisherPenn State University Press
- Date of Publication14/03/2016
- SubjectHistory of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPenn State University Press
- Weight499 g
- Width157 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Cloth over boards
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