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By Avi Lifschitz

Jean-Jacques Rousseau has been solid as a champion of Enlightenment and a beacon of Romanticism, a father determine of radical revolutionaries and totalitarian dictators alike, an inventor of the fashionable concept of the self, and an suggest of stern historic republicanism. enticing with Rousseau treats his writings as a permanent subject of dialogue, interpreting the varied responses they've got attracted from the Enlightenment to the current. Such notions because the common will have been, for instance, refracted via very various prisms through the fight for independence in Latin the USA and in social conflicts in japanese Europe, or converted by means of thinkers from Kant to modern political theorists. past Rousseau's principles, his public photo too travelled all over the world. This e-book examines engagement with Rousseau's works in addition to along with his self-fashioning; in particular in turbulent occasions, his defiant public identification and his demand regeneration have been favourite or despised by way of intellectuals and political agents.

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