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Preparing for the Journey

Mark S. Cladis

in Public Vision, Private Lives

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780195125542
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195125541.003.0001
 Preparing for the Journey

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Provides a survey of Rousseau and the issues that pertain to the relation between the public and private life. Rousseau has presented many faces: the social theorist, ethicist, political and religious philosopher, pedagogue, novelist, literary critic, psychologist, musician, and botanist. These faces we will meet, these disciplines we must cross. Additionally, not only Rousseau but the topic – the relation between public and private – cuts across many diverse fields and issues: women studies, democratic theory, modern European history, social theory, philosophy of religion, reproductive rights, social justice, privacy laws, solitude, and community. Although the book is written for many, the principal audience are members of liberal democracies with interests in social theory, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

Keywords: democracy; interest; liberalism; philosophy of religion; political philosophy; private; public; Rousseau; social theory

Chapter.  17835 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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