Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9780226430232 Published February 2003
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226430249 Published February 2003

Rousseau as Author

Consecrating One's Life to the Truth

Christopher Kelly

Rousseau as Author
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Christopher Kelly

218 pages | 1 table | 6 x 9 | © 2003
Cloth $59.00 ISBN: 9780226430232 Published February 2003
Paper $29.00 ISBN: 9780226430249 Published February 2003
For Rousseau, "consecrating one's life to the truth" (his personal credo) meant publicly taking responsibility for what one publishes and only publishing what would be of public benefit. Christopher Kelly argues that this commitment is central to understanding the relationship between Rousseau's writings and his political philosophy.
Unlike many other writers of his day, Rousseau refused to publish anonymously, even though he risked persecution for his writings. But Rousseau felt that authors must be self-restrained, as well as bold, and must carefully consider the potential political effects of what they might publish: sometimes seeking the good conflicts with writing the truth. Kelly shows how this understanding of public authorship played a crucial role in Rousseau's conception—and practice—of citizenship and political action.

Rousseau as Author will be a groundbreaking book not just for Rousseau scholars, but for anyone studying Enlightenment ideas about authorship and responsibility.
Contents
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction

CHAPTER ONE
Responsible and Irresponsible Authors

CHAPTER TWO
The Case for (and against) Censorship

CHAPTER THREE
The Case for (and against) Art

CHAPTER FOUR
Heroic and Antiheroic Citizens

CHAPTER FIVE
"A Hermit Makes a Very Peculiar Citizen":
Rousseau and Literary Citizenship

CHAPTER SIX
Philosophic Good and Bad Faith

Postscript: Philosophers and the Friend of the Truth

Notes
Bibliography
Index
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