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- DescriptionJean-Jacques Rousseau has been cast as a champion of Enlightenment and a beacon of Romanticism, a father figure of radical revolutionaries and totalitarian dictators alike, an inventor of the modern tion of the self, and an advocate of stern ancient republicanism. Engaging with Rousseau treats his writings as an enduring topic of debate, examining the diverse responses they have attracted from the Enlightenment to the present. Such tions as the general will were, for example, refracted through very different prisms during the struggle for independence in Latin America and in social conflicts in Eastern Europe, or modified by thinkers from Kant to contemporary political theorists. Beyond Rousseau's ideas, his public image too travelled around the world. This book examines engagement with Rousseau's works as well as with his self-fashioning; especially in turbulent times, his defiant public identity and his call for regeneration were admired or despised by intellectuals and political agents.
- Author BiographyAvi Lifschitz is Senior Lecturer in European Intellectual History at University College London (UCL). He is the author of Language and Enlightenment: The Berlin Debates of the Eighteenth Century (2012) and co-editor of Epicurus in the Enlightenment (2009). Lifschitz has also edited a special issue of History of Political Thought on Rousseau and classical antiquity. Research fellowships have included the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, the Lichtenberg-Kolleg at the University of Gottingen, and the Clark Library at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the editorial boards of the journal German History and the database e-Enlightenment.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication28/07/2016
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Weight480 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byAvi S. Lifschitz
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