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Against Rousseau: On the State of Nature and On the Sovereignty of the People Joseph de Maistre

Against Rousseau: On the State of Nature and On the Sovereignty of the People

Joseph de Maistre

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ISBN : 9780773514157
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248 pages
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On the State of Nature and On the Sovereignty of the People are Maistres most comprehensive treatment of Rousseaus ideas and his most sustained critique of the ideological foundations of the revolution. On the State of Nature, a detailed critiqueMoreOn the State of Nature and On the Sovereignty of the People are Maistres most comprehensive treatment of Rousseaus ideas and his most sustained critique of the ideological foundations of the revolution. On the State of Nature, a detailed critique of Rousseaus Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality, focuses on Rousseaus belief in the natural goodness of man- On the Sovereignty of the People, a critique of Social Contract, explores Rousseaus theory of popular sovereignty. In Maistres eyes Rousseau encouraged the socially destructive individualism that lay at the heart of the French Revolution. However, the essays reveal some surprising ambiguities in the relationship between two seminal thinkers who are usually thought of as polar opposites, suggesting that Maistres vision was more akin to Rousseaus than he would have admitted. Against Rousseau offers valuable insights into the evolution of Maistres counter-revolutionary ideas during the crucial years of 1792-97 and illustrates his remarkable insights into society and politics. It is vital to any consideration of his thought or the counter-revolutionary movement in eighteenth-century France.