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When Rousseau first read his Confessions to a 1770 gathering in Paris, reactions varied from admiration of his candor to doubts about his sanity to outrage. Indeed, Rousseau's intent and approach were revolutionary. As one of the first attempts at autobiography, the Confessions' novelty lay not in just its retelling the facts of Rousseau's life, but in its revelation of his innermost feelings and its frank description of the strengths and failings of his character.

Based on his doctrine of natural goodness, Rousseau intended the Confessions as a testing ground to explore his belief that, as Christopher Kelly writes, "people are to be measured by the depth and nature of their feelings." Re-created here in a meticulously documented new translation based on the definitive Pleiade edition, the work represents Rousseau's attempt to forge connections among his beliefs, his feelings, and his life. More than a "behind-the-scenes look at the private life of a public man," Kelly writes, "the Confessions is at the center of Rousseau's philosophical enterprise."

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Half-Title
  2. pp. 2-3
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  1. Title
  2. pp. 4-4
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  1. Copyright
  2. pp. 5-5
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  1. Content
  2. pp. 6-6
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  1. Series List
  2. pp. vi-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Chronology of Events Reported in the Confessions
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xvii-xxxiv
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  1. Note on the Text
  2. pp. xxxv-xxxvi
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  1. The Confessions
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. First Part
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Book I
  2. pp. 5-37
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  1. Book II
  2. pp. 38-73
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  1. Book III
  2. pp. 74-110
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  1. Book IV
  2. pp. 111-147
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  1. BookV
  2. pp. 148-188
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  1. Book VI
  2. pp. 189-230
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  1. Second Part
  2. pp. 231-232
  1. Book VII
  2. pp. 233-292
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  1. Book VIII
  2. pp. 293-336
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  1. Book IX
  2. pp. 337-409
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  1. Book X
  2. pp. 410-455
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  1. Book XI
  2. pp. 456-492
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  1. Book XII
  2. pp. 493-550
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  1. Appendix I: Letters Referred to in the Text of the Confessions
  2. pp. 551-584
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  1. Appendix II: Fragments
  2. pp. 585-594
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 595-686
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 687-702
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611682885
Print ISBN
9780874517071
MARC Record
OCLC
842919796
Pages
736
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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