Newly translated by Peter Constantine
Edited and with an Introduction by Leo Damrosch
The Essential Writings of Rousseau collects the best and most indispensable work of one of the world's most influential writers.
A towering figure of Enlightenment thought, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was also one of that movement's most passionate and persuasive critics. His extraordinarily original observations on politics, education, and human nature were provocative in their day and remain resonant more than two hundred years after his death. Rousseau's 1762 treatise The Social Contract laid intellectual groundwork for both the American and French Revolutions, and is considered a foundational text in the development of the modern principles of human rights.
The book includes: Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality Among Men and The Social Contract, �mile -a treatise on education, the autobiographical Reveries of the Solitary Walker and Julie, or the New H�lo�se - an epistolary novel.