This chapter examines the relationship between Jean-Jacques Rousseau's self-knowledge and Beisichselbstsein. Rousseau's Beisichselbstsein is mediated by the confrontation with faith, by the knowledge of politics, by the contemplation of nature, by the experience of love. Rousseau made politics and faith, nature and love, into the great themes of his œuvre. They return in Les rêveries du Promeneur Solitaire as objects of his self-knowledge. This chapter considers Rousseau's investigation of the interplay between Beisichselbstsein and self-knowledge in the philosophic life using two promenades, the Première promenade and the Huitième promenade. It also analyzes the criticism to which Rousseau subjects his seeming happiness—that it was a state of losing oneself in the world of self-forgetfulness.
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