The Collected Writings of Rousseau
"Confessions" and Correspondence, Including the Letters to Malesherbes v. 5 New edition
By (author) Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Volume editor Roger D. Masters Christopher Kelly
Collected Writings of Rousseau book by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
When Rousseau first read his Confessions to a 1770 gathering in Paris, reactions varied from admiration of his candor to doubts about his sanity to outrage. Indeed, Rousseau's intent and approach were revolutionary. As one of the first attempts at autobiography, the Confessions' novelty lay not in just its retelling the facts of Rousseau's life, but in its revelation of his innermost feelings and its frank description of the strengths and failings of his character. Based on his doctrine of natural goodness, Rousseau intended the Confessions as a testing ground to explore his belief that, as Christopher Kelly writes, "people are to be measured by the depth and nature of their feelings." Re-created here in a meticulously documented new translation based on the definitive Pleiade edition, the work represents Rousseau's attempt to forge connections among his beliefs, his feelings, and his life. More than a "behind-the-scenes look at the private life of a public man," Kelly writes, "the Confessions is at the center of Rousseau's philosophical enterprise."
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Classification: Autobiography: general , History of Western philosophy , Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
Format: Paperback (235mm x 155mm x 40mm)
Imprint: Dartmouth College
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publish Date: 30-Apr-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
CHRISTOPHER KELLY, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Maryland Baltimore County, is author of Rousseau's Exemplary Life (1987).
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