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Instinct and intimacy : political philosophy and autobiography in Rousseau / Margaret Ogrodnick.

Author/Creator:
Ogrodnick, Margaret, 1956- author.
Publication:
Toronto, [Ontario] ; Buffalo, [New York] ; London, [England] : University of Toronto Press, 1999.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (249 p.)
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Subjects:
Autobiography.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Drawing on his autobiographies, Margaret Ogrodnick analyses Jean-Jacques Rousseau's role as a theorist of the modern self, tracing the implications of his political thought. In elucidating the corresponding images in his autobiographical and philosophical works, the book attends especially to the hidden and intimate dimensions of the self. As a psychoanalytic thinker, Rousseau propounds the internal retrieval of instincts as the psychological basis of his democratic republic. As a philosopher of intimacy, he stresses the importance of intimate relations and private sentiments in building community bonds.Themes of "instinct" and "intimacy" are explicated through considering his simultaneous reflection and transcendence of three psycho-cultural dichotomies: masculine and feminine, separation and oneness, and good and evil. In keeping with Rousseau's insistence on the unity of his person and his philosophy, these larger dichotomies are illuminated by uncovering the personal origins of his philosophy through his autobiographies. By analysing how the totality of his psyche imprints on his philosophy, this study traces the role of his powerful, primordial vision in establishing his deep political engagement, individualism, and democratic commitment.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations to Rousseau’s Works
1. The Modern Self in Rousseau
2. Political Philosophy and the Introspective Psyche
3. Woman, Sexuality, and Intimate Society
4. Autonomy and Extension in Political Relations
5. Independence and the General Will
6. Compassion, Innocence, and the State
7. Private and Public Realms
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
1-282-00305-4
9786612003059
1-4426-7621-3
OCLC:
244767422
Publisher Number:
10.3138/9781442676213 doi