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Public Vision, Private Lives: Rousseau, Religion, and 21st-Century Democracy

Mark S. Cladis


Cladis reflects on the nature and place of the public and private in the work of Rousseau and, more generally, in democratic society. The tension between the hopes and desires of the individual and the requirements of a shared public life was at the heart, or the knot, of Rousseau's life and thought. Cladis leads the reader on an exploration of the conflicting claims with which Rousseau wrestled – prerogatives and obligations to self, friends, family, vocation, civic life, and humanity. At the juncture of diverse theological and secular traditions, including Enlightenment optimism and Augustin ... More

Keywords: Augustinian pessimism, community, democracy, Enlightenment optimism, liberalism, political philosophy, private, public, religion, Rousseau

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195125542
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195125541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark S. Cladis, author
Vassar College
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