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On the Happiness of the Philosophic LifeReflections on Rousseau's Rêveries in Two Books$
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Heinrich Meier

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780226074030

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226074177.001.0001

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(p.98) Chapter 4 Beisichselbstsein
On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life

Heinrich Meier

, Robert Berman
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines Jean-Jacques Rousseau's poetic presentation of his Beisichselbstsein in Les rêveries du Promeneur Solitaire, and more specifically in the Cinquième promenade. The Cinquième, which according to unanimous judgment is the most beautiful of all the promenades, seems to stand entirely on its own in the Rêveries, falling outside of the book's narrative time. The Cinquième demands a double reading, just as Beisichselbstsein demands a double approach: The consideration of the island, which is sufficient unto itself. This chapter considers Rousseau's own interpretation of the happiness of his Beisichselbstsein in the Cinquième, along with his description of his life on St. Peter's Island by mentioning a double hope.

Keywords:   happiness, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Beisichselbstsein, Les rêveries du Promeneur Solitaire, Cinquième promenade, promenades, St. Peter's Island, double hope

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