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By Peter Alexander Meyers

during this outstanding paintings, Peter Alexander Meyers exhibits how the center-piece of the Enlightenment—society as the logo of collective human existence and because the primary area of human practice—was basically composed and lively by way of its so much ambivalent determine: Jean-Jacques Rousseau. showing this new society as an evolving box of interdependence, Abandoned to Ourselves lines the emergence and ethical importance of dependence itself inside Rousseau’s encounters with numerous discourses of order, together with theology, traditional philosophy, and track. Underpinning this complete scene we find a modernizing perception of the human Will, one who runs some distance deeper than Rousseau’s most famed trope, the “general Will.” As Abandoned to Ourselves weaves jointly historic acuity with theoretical perception, readers will locate right here components for a reconstructed sociology including issues and folks and, as a result, a brand new starting place for modern political theory.

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