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Paul de Man and Martin McQuillan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748641048

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.001.0001

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The Portable Rousseau: Principle of Selection

The Portable Rousseau: Principle of Selection

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(p.297) 31 The Portable Rousseau: Principle of Selection
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The Paul De Man Notebooks
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Martin McQuillan

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641048.003.0032

The principle of selection for Paul de Man's volume The Portable Rousseau is presented. The selection combines the theoretical side of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's thought with the more purely literary components of the works. It includes such texts as the ‘Essay on the Origins of Language,’ in which the link between Rousseau's reflections on language and his political theory becomes manifest. The book could therefore be used in courses in European civilisation, political theory, the history of the Enlightenment, the European novel, romanticism, or even in linguistics. The two main theoretical texts, The Second Discourse on The Origins of Inequality and Social Contract, are included in unabridged form.

Keywords:   language, Paul de Man, The Portable Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, political theory, The Origins of Inequality, Social Contract

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