Saturday, February 10, 2007

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

... Rousseau was, of course ... far from an Enlightenment figure. He was a Romantic, and a full-blooded one. For him it was not knowledge, empirical reason, or the common-sense beliefs prompted by the structure of human psychology that should guide one both in philosophy and life -- this was Hume's view -- but instead one's feelings, sentiments, passions, impulses. --A. C. Grayling, Sense and Sensibility, Barnes & Noble Review, February 23, 2009 (via Arts & Letters Daily)

Against Rousseau: On the State of Nature and On the Sovereignty of the People by Joseph de Maistre, translated by Richard A. Lebrun (1996)

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