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Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition

Frederick Neuhouser

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199542673
eISBN:
9780191715402
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This book studies Rousseau's rich and complex theory of the type of self-love (amour propre) that, for him, marks the central difference between humans and beasts. Amour-propre is the passion that ... More


The Varieties of Inflamed Amour‐Propre

Frederick Neuhouser

in Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199542673
eISBN:
9780191715402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The previous chapter examined the various ways in which amour-propre poses dangers for human well-being. This chapter uses the results of that inquiry to construct a more precise and comprehensive ... More


The Nature of Amour‐Propre

Frederick Neuhouser

in Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199542673
eISBN:
9780191715402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter presents a detailed account of how Rousseau conceives of amour-propre. Rousseau distinguishes the two forms of self-love in terms of the object, or good, that each inclines us to seek: ... More


Why Inflamed Amour‐Propre is So Common

Frederick Neuhouser

in Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199542673
eISBN:
9780191715402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter considers Rousseau's two genealogies of amour-propre one at a time, examining each for whatever help it offers in understanding why the fallen state seems to be humankind's default ... More


Social and Domestic Remedies

Frederick Neuhouser

in Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199542673
eISBN:
9780191715402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter seeks to determine what solutions might exist to the numerous problems that amour-propre imposes on human existence. The first section discusses Rousseau's account of how good social and ... More


The Standpoint of Reason

Frederick Neuhouser

in Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199542673
eISBN:
9780191715402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter begins with a discussion of Rousseau's ‘justification’ of amour-propre — his account of its beneficial, even redemptive potential. It reconstructs Rousseau's conception of reason, which ... More


Amour‐Propre's Role in Forming Rational Subjects

Frederick Neuhouser

in Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love: Evil, Rationality, and the Drive for Recognition

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199542673
eISBN:
9780191715402
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542673.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

The preceding chapter distinguished three features of the frame of mind individuals must acquire in order to assume the standpoint of reason. This chapter determines what role amour-propre might play ... More


The Rush to Slavery

Mark S. Cladis

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

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195125542
eISBN:
9780199834082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195125541.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

Discusses how the precarious joy and liberty of the Second Garden (as discussed in the previous chapter) collapsed and paved the road to the pain and slavery of the corrupt City. From the division of ... More


The Natural Goodness of Humanity1

Joshua Cohen

in Rousseau: A Free Community of Equals

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199581498
eISBN:
9780191722875
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199581498.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Political Philosophy

Why should we suppose that human beings are capable of living together in a free community of equals? This question expresses one part of the realism objection to Rousseau's free community of equals, ... More


Man’s Natural Goodness and his Corruption by Society

Mark Philp and Z. A. Pelczynski

in Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199645060
eISBN:
9780191741616
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645060.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter examines Rousseau’s idea of man’s natural goodness, rejecting the view that Rousseau advocated a return to the state of nature. The character of natural man-〈M〉man as he ought to ... More


Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Christopher Brooke

in Philosophic Pride: Stoicism and Political Thought from Lipsius to Rousseau

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691152080
eISBN:
9781400842414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691152080.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter tracks the changing fortunes of a fundamental opposition between more Stoic and more Augustinian perspectives on human life, showing that as the seventeenth century gave way to the ... More


From Pagan Virtue to Human Virtue: Jacques Esprit

Michael Moriarty

in Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199589371
eISBN:
9780191728808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589371.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, European Literature

Jacques Esprit’s La Fausseté des vertus humaines appeared in 1678, when the Maximes had already been in print for several years. Because of this and because he and La Rochefoucauld had ceased ... More


La Rochefoucauld: The Reduction of the Virtues

Michael Moriarty

in Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199589371
eISBN:
9780191728808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589371.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, 17th-century and Restoration Literature, European Literature

Central to La Rochefoucauld’s Maximes is the repeated demonstrated that a given behaviour-pattern, usually classified as a virtue, can or should be attributed to some cause that is not a virtue. It ... More


Identifying With Group Agents

Christian List and Philip Pettit

in Group Agency: The Possibility, Design, and Status of Corporate Agents

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199591565
eISBN:
9780191725494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591565.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Every agent who acts on beliefs and desires has to act at some point on the desire to do X, as we say. This is not the desire, in the first person, that I, Christian or Philip, do X, since I may not ... More


Rousseau and Hobbes: Nature, Free Will, and the Passions

Robin Douglass

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198724964
eISBN:
9780191792441
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198724964.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This book provides the most extensive analysis to date of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s engagement with the political thought of Thomas Hobbes. This involves tracing Hobbes’s French reception in the first ... More


The Role of Interpersonal Comparisons in Moral Learning and the Sources of Recognition Respect: Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s amour-propre and Adam Smith’s Sympathy

Christel Fricke

in Adam Smith and Rousseau: Ethics, Politics, Economics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474422857
eISBN:
9781474445115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422857.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

I inquire into Rousseau’s and Smith’s views on moral psychology and on the role of interaction for people’s moral development. The question is whether Smith’s account of sympathy and the origin of ... More


Adam Smith and Jean-Jacques Rousseau on the Vices of the Marketplace

Michael Schleeter

in Adam Smith and Rousseau: Ethics, Politics, Economics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474422857
eISBN:
9781474445115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474422857.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

In this chapter, I want to accomplish two main tasks. First, I want to outline Smith's views on the marketplace and its potential to contribute to the erosion of both natural sympathy and social ... More


Self-Love: Rousseau on the Allure, and the Elusiveness, of Divine Self-Sufficiency

Julie E. Cooper

in Secular Powers: Humility in Modern Political Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9780226081298
eISBN:
9780226081328
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226081328.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter traces Rousseau’s ambivalence about the possibility, and the desirability, of human autonomy. At times, Rousseau heralds the prospect of full empowerment without omnipotence. At other ... More


Sade and Stendhal

Irving Singer

in The Nature of Love: Courtly and Romantic

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262512732
eISBN:
9780262315128
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262512732.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines the philosophy of the Marquis de Sade and how it is derived from the works of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, specifically Rousseau’s Confessions. Although Sade’s ideas were indeed ... More


The Imaginary Self in a World of Illusion: Pascal on the Fallen Human Subject

William Wood

in Blaise Pascal on Duplicity, Sin, and the Fall: The Secret Instinct

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199656363
eISBN:
9780191765797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656363.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter presents Pascal’s account of the duplicitous social order and the duplicitous human subject. According to Pascal, each individual person’s disordered self-love is changed into something ... More


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