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THE AUTOCRITIQUE OF ENLIGHTENMENT: Rousseau and the Philosophes

HULLING, Mark

Published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1994
ISBN 10: 0674054253 / ISBN 13: 9780674054257
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Title: THE AUTOCRITIQUE OF ENLIGHTENMENT: Rousseau ...

Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Red cloth binding with gold colored print on spine. Tight, sound and unmarked.293 pages including notes and index. Dust jacket has no defects; in mylar with no pricing on it. Size: 6 1/4 X 9 1/2. Bookseller Inventory # 010812

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Synopsis: This text provides an analysis of the life and works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, an area often overlooked in accounts of 18th-century heritage. Mark Hulliung restores Rousseau to his historical context, the world of the philosophes, and shows how he employed the arsenal of Voltaire, Diderot and others to launch a powerful attack on their vision of the Enlightenment. With great intellectual skill and rhetorical force, Rousseau exposed the inconsistencies and shortcomings that called the entire programme of the Enlightenment into question: in the psychology of Locke, the genre of philosophical and conjectural history, the latest applications of science to the study of society and politics, and the growing interest in materialist modes of thought. As the century moved on, Hulliung argues, the most advanced philosophes found themselves drawn to conclusions that paralleled Rousseau's - an agreement that went unacknowledged in the acrimonious climate of the time. The Enlightenment that emerges here is richer, more nuanced, and more self-critical than the one reflected in current interpretations. By extracting Rousseau from the personal entanglements that stymied debate in his time and that mislead critics to this day, this study reveals the force of his accomplishment.

About the Author: Mark Hulliung is Professor of History at Brandeis University.

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