'Rousseau: 'The Social Contract and Other Later Political Writings'
By Jean-Jacques Rousseau (Author), Victor Gourevitch (Editor)
'Rousseau: The Social Contract and Other Later Political Writings' contains the later writings such as the Social Contract. The Social Contract was publicly condemned on publication causing Rousseau to flee. In exile he wrote both autobiographical and political works.
"...Gourevitch serves Rousseau and hence students very well." Pamela K. Jensen, Review of Metaphysics
Note: 'The Great Books of the Western World' recommends Rousseau's 'On Political Economy' and 'The Social Contract' which are both contained in this edition.
A contemporary of Voltaire, Rousseau was also a French philosopher who, however, spent much of his time in Switzerland where he wrote most of the works which were to inspire the leaders of the French Revolution. He came from a Calvinist background, but converted to Roman Catholicism. He was also interested in literature and music and wrote the article on music for Diderot's Encyclopedie. He also composed musical pieces though without much success. Later in life Rousseau turned back to Protestantism while living in Geneva which was then the major center of Protestant thought. His most important works are Emile, about education, and a treatise on social contract which caused storms politically and brought much opposition against him. In fact, he was exiled and went to England, returning incognito to Paris where he wrote his famous Confessions and where he died.
Again as in the case of Voltaire, the influence of Rousseau was great not only in the philosophical field but also ilJ practical political move- ments especially the French Revolution, and he was also highly admired by a number of the founders of the United States. Likewise, Rousseau's educational ideas wielded much influence and have been discussed by many Muslim educators during the past century.
(Seyyed Hossein Nasr)