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Radical Bourgeois Philosophy I. Rousseau: Crossroads of Society

Whoever dares undertake to establish a people’s institutions must feel himself capable of changing, as it were, human nature, of transforming each individual, who by himself is a complete and solitary whole, into a part of a larger whole, from which, in a sense, the individual receives his life and his being, of substituting a limited and mental existence for the physical and independent existence. He has to take from man his own powers, and give him in exchange alien powers which he cannot employ without the help of other men.

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau, On the Social Contract (1762)

• Max Horkheimer"The little man and the philosophy of freedom" (1926–31)

• epigraphs on modern history and freedom by James Miller (on Jean-Jacques Rousseau), Louis Menand (on Edmund Wilson), Karl Marxon "becoming" (from the Grundrisse, 1857–58), and Peter Preuss (on Nietzsche)

+ Rainer Maria Rilke, "Archaic Torso of Apollo" (1908)

+ Robert Pippin, "On Critical Theory" (2004)

Being and becoming (freedom in transformation) chart of terms

• Jean-Jacques RousseauDiscourse on the Origin of Inequality (1754) PDFs of preferred translation (5 parts): [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

• Rousseauselection from On the Social Contract (1762)

Wednesday, September 4 at 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Humanities and Social Sciences Building, 103A
1115 Volunteer Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Topic

Humanities & Social Sciences

Audience

Current Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public

Website

https://platypus1917.org/2019/08/28/k...

Department

Sociology

Hashtag

#philosophy

Contact Name

Grady Lowery

Contact Email

glowery1@vols.utk.edu

Contact Phone

6155855345

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