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Author Warner, John M. (John Martin), 1978- author.

Title Rousseau and the problem of human relations / John M. Warner.

Publication Info. University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2016.


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Summary Among Jean-Jacques Rousseau's chief preoccupations was the problem of self-interest implicit in all social relationships. A person with divided loyalties (id est, 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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Subject Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778 -- Political and social views.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778. (OCoLC)fst00030449
Interpersonal relations.
PHILOSOPHY -- History & Surveys -- Modern.
Interpersonal relations. (OCoLC)fst00977397
Political and social views. (OCoLC)fst01353986
PHILOSOPHY / Political.
Other Form: Print version: Warner, John M. (John Martin), 1978- Rousseau and the problem of human relations. University Park, Pennsylvania : The Pennsylvania State University Press, [2015] 9780271071008 (DLC) 2015029441 (OCoLC)909326941
ISBN 9780271074641 (electronic bk.)
0271074647 (electronic bk.)
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