Letter to Beaumont, Letters Written from the Mountain, and Related Writings
ISBN: 1611682878
EAN13: 9781611682878
Language: English
Publication Date: Apr 15, 2012
Pages: 366
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.9" L x 5.9" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Published between 1762 and 1765, these writings are the last works Rousseau wrote for publication during his lifetime. Responding in each to the censorship and burning of Emile and Social Contract, Rousseau airs his views on censorship, religion, and the relation between theory and practice in politics. The Letter to Beaumont is a response to a Pastoral Letter by Christophe de Beaumont, Archbishop of Paris (also included in this volume), which attacks the religious teaching in Emile. Rousseau's response concerns the general theme of the relation between reason and revelation and contains his most explicit and boldest discussions of the Christian doctrines of creation, miracles, and original sin. In Letters Written from the Mountain, a response to the political crisis in Rousseau's homeland of Geneva caused by a dispute over the burning of his works, Rousseau extends his discussion of Christianity and shows how the political principles of the Social Contract can be applied to a concrete constitutional crisis. One of his most important statements on the relation between political philosophy and political practice, it is accompanied by a fragmentary History of the Government of Geneva. Finally, Vision of Peter of the Mountain, Called the Seer is a humorous response to a resident of Motiers who had been inciting attacks on Rousseau during his exile there. Taking the form of a Read More chevron_right

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