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On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life
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On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life: Reflections on Rousseau's Rêveries in Two Books

Heinrich Meier


This book presents the author's confrontation with Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Les rêveries du Promeneur Solitaire, the philosopher's most beautiful and daring work, as well as his last and least understood. Bringing to bear more than thirty years of study of Rousseau, the book unfolds an original interpretation in two parts. The first part approaches the Rêveries not as another autobiographical text in the tradition of the Confessions and the Dialogues, but as a reflection on the philosophic life and the distinctive happiness it provides. The second turns to a detailed analysis of a work referred ... More

Keywords: faith, Natural Religion, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Les rêveries du Promeneur Solitaire, philosopher, Natural Theology, philosophic life, happiness, non-philosophic life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226074030
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226074177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heinrich Meier, author
University of Munich