Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface

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pp. vii-viii

Although Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a significant Wgure in the Western tradition, there is no standard edition of his major writings available in English. Moreover, unlike those of other thinkers of comparable stature, many of Rousseau’s important works have never been translated or have become unavailable...

Chronology of Works in Volume 9

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pp. ix-x

Note on the Text

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pp. xi-xii

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xxviii

In a sense the works contained in this volume, all of which were written between the end of 1762 and the middle of 1765, represent the conclusion of Rousseau’s career as an author. Although he went on to write his three great autobiographical works (the Confessions, Dialogues, and Reveries) as...

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PASTORAL LETTER OF HIS GRACE THE ARCHBISHOP OF PARIS

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pp. 1-16

Christophe de Beaumont, by Divine Mercy and by the grace of the Holy Apostolic See, Archbishop of Paris, Duke of Saint-Cloud, Peer of France, Commander of the Order of the Holy Spirit, Patron of the Sorbonne, etc; to all the Faithful of our Diocese, salutation and blessing....

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LETTER TO BEAUMONT

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pp. 17-83

Yet I must reply to you. You force me to do so yourself. If you had attacked only my Book, I would have let it pass, but you also attack me personally. And the more authority you have among men, the less I am permitted to remain silent when you want to dishonor me....

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Fragments of the Letter to Christophe de Beaumont

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pp. 84-101

Your writings full of prejudices, of partiality, of bile are personal attacks1; they are not censures but satires, the most openly avowed enemy would judge with less passion. Based on your Pastoral Letter, based on this strange indictment, I myself would have been horrified by my book if...

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Books I and II. History of the Government of Geneva

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pp. 102-128

It is known that under Catholicism the Bishop exercised sovereignty. To look for how he had acquired it is a labor of pure erudition that is not at issue here. To find the extent of his power and to show where the distribution of his rights came from, is to clarify by means of principles the...

LETTERS WRITTEN FROM THE MOUNTAIN

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pp. 129-132

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Foreword

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p. 133

This is a belated return, I feel, to an overly hackneyed and already nearly forgotten subject. My condition, which no longer permits me any continuous work, and my aversion for the polemical genre have caused my slowness to write and my aversion to publishing. I would even have suppressed...

FIRST PART

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First Letter

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pp. 134-152

No, Sir, I do not blame you at all for not having joined the Remonstrators2 to uphold my cause. Far from having approved this step myself, I opposed it with all my power, and my relatives withdrew from it at my request. People were silent when it was necessary to speak; they spoke...

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Second Letter

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pp. 153-165

I assumed, Sir, in my preceding Letter that I had in fact committed the errors against the faith of which I am accused, and I caused it to be seen that because these errors are not at all harmful to society they were not punishable before human justice. God has reserved for himself his own defense...

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Third Letter

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pp. 166-187

I take up again, Sir, this question of miracles that I have undertaken to discuss with you, and after having proved that to establish their necessity was to destroy Protestantism, I am now going to seek what their use is for proving revelation....

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Fourth Letter

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pp. 188-199

I have made you see, Sir, that the imputations drawn from my Books as proof that I was attacking the Religion established by the laws were false. It is, however, by these imputations that I have been judged guilty and treated as such. Let us assume now that I was in fact guilty, and let us see...

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Fifth Letter

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pp. 200-228

After having established, as you have seen, the necessity of dealing severely with me, the Author of the Letters proves, as you are going to see, that the procedure followed against Jean Morelli, although exactly in conformity with the Ordinances, and in a case similar to mine, was not an...

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Sixth Letter

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pp. 229-236

One more letter, Sir, and you are rid of me. But in beginning it I find myself in a very bizarre situation; obliged to write it, and not knowing what to fill it with. Can you imagine that one had to justify oneself from a crime about which one is ignorant, and that one must defend oneself...

SECOND PART

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Seventh Letter

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pp. 237-255

You will have found me diffuse, Sir; but I had to be so, and the subjects that I had to treat are not to be discussed by means of epigrams. Besides, these subjects took me less far away than it seems from the one that interests you. In speaking about myself I was thinking about you; and your...

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Eighth Letter

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pp. 256-282

I have drawn, Sir, the examination of your present Government from the Settlement of the Mediation by which this Government is fixed; but far from imputing that the Mediators wanted to reduce you to servitude, I would easily prove on the contrary that in several respects they rendered...

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Ninth Letter

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pp. 283-306

believed, Sir, that it was better to establish what I had to say directly, rather than to stick to long refutations. To undertake a sustained examination of the Letters Written from the Country would be to launch out onto a sea of sophisms. In my opinion, to seize, to expose them...

THE VISION OF PIERRE OF THE MOUNTAIN, CALLED THE SEER

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pp. 307-314

Notes

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pp. 315-329

Index

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pp. 331-334