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Abandoned to Ourselves

Peter A. Meyers


This book shows how the centerpiece of the Enlightenment—society as the symbol of collective human life and as the fundamental domain of human practice—was primarily composed and animated by its most ambivalent figure: Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Displaying this new society as an evolving field of interdependence, the book traces the emergence and moral significance of dependence itself within Rousseau's encounters with a variety of discourses of order, including theology, natural philosophy, and music. Underpinning this whole scene we discover a modernizing conception of the human Will, one that r ... More

Keywords: Englightenment, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, dependence, natural philosophy, music, human Will, general Will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300172058
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300172058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter A. Meyers, author