Rousseau, Nature, And The Problem Of The Good Life

Rousseau, Nature, And The Problem Of The Good Life
Author: Laurence D. Cooper
ISBN10: 0271019220
Genre: Philosophy
Goodreads Rating: 4.62
ISBN13: 9780271019222

A philosophical treatise arguing for the centrality of Rousseau's conception of nature in both his anthropological and political thought. Contending that his interpretation differs markedly from the major schools of thought regarding Rousseau, the author argues that nature's prescriptions towards the good life rest upon the qualities of human beings' self-love. Distinguishing from a civilized self-love which seeks preeminence over others, Rousseau argued for a natural self-love that is only motivated by self-preservation and well being. This interpretation is supported by readings from Emile and Reveries o fa Solitary Walker.