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Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations

John M. Warner
Format
Book; Computer Resource; Manuscript/Archive; Online; EBook
Published
London : Knowledge Unlatched, c2016.
University Park, PA : Penn State University Press, c2016.
Language
English
Variant Title
Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations
ISBN
9780271074641 (e-ISBN), 9780271071015 (pbk-ISBN), 9780271071008 (print-ISBN)
Abstract
Self-interest in social relationships preoccupied Jean-Jacques Rousseau. A person divided between himself and others couldn't achieve wholeness. Warner traces Rousseau's argument via three distinct types of relationships, and he concludes that Rousseau’s failure to recognize the good in human associations is deliberate, self-conscious, and tragic. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.
Among Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s chief preoccupations was the problem of self-interest implicit in all social relationships. A person with divided loyalties (i.e., to both himself and his cohorts) was, in Rousseau’s thinking, a divided person. According to John Warner’s Rousseau and the Problem of Human Relations, not only did Rousseau never solve this problem, he believed it was fundamentally unsolvable: social relationships could never restore wholeness to a self-interested human being. Warner traces his argument through the contours of Rousseau’s thought on three distinct types of relationships—sexual love, friendship, and civil or political association. Warner concludes that none of these, whether examined individually or together, provides a satisfactory resolution to the problem of human dividedness located at the center of Rousseau’s thinking. In fact, concludes Warner, Rousseau’s failure to obtain anything hopeful from human associations is deliberate, self-conscious, and revelatory of a tragic conception of human relations. Thus Rousseau raises our hopes only to dash them.
Contents
  • Rousseau's theory of human relations
  • Social longing and moral perfection
  • Pity and human weakness
  • Romantic love in Emile
  • Romantic love in Julie
  • Friendship, virtue, and moral authority
  • The ecology of justice
  • The sociology of wholeness.
Description
1 online resource : illustrations, figures, tables.
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Other Forms
Also issued in print and PDF version.
Terms of Use
CC BY-NC-ND.
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