The Human Condition in Rousseau's Essay on the Origin of Languages

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From the Abstract:
"...this book aims to integrate the thematic question of who man is and the disciplinary question of how man knows, treating the Essay in its own right, standing on its own feet. The book will maintain that the Essay delivers an audial self combining the thematic who and the disciplinary how, a self whose reason links sense to soul through originating the activities of speaking, listening and hearing. These activities are grounded in an audial self whose internal reasoned operations include contemplation, anticipation and suspension, not only delivering sense to soul, but recalling and ratifying the self in man to self."

Table of Contents

Commendatory Foreword, by Charles E. Butterworth
Chapter One: A Summary of the Essay's Argument
Chapter Two: The Essay as Contribution--and Correction
Chapter Three: The Reason in the Essay's Representation: Sleight, Stealth, and Sound
Chapter Four: Reason and Passion in Time and History
Chapter Five: Reason Viewed from Afar: The Essay in the Late and Early Rousseau
Index of Topics
Index of Names and Titles of Rousseau's Works

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