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Public Vision, Private LivesRousseau, Religion, and 21st-Century Democracy$
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Mark S. Cladis

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195125542

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195125541.001.0001

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Preparing for the Journey

Preparing for the Journey

An Introduction

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(p.3) Preparing for the Journey
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Public Vision, Private Lives
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Mark S. Cladis (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195125541.003.0001

Provides a survey of Rousseau and the issues that pertain to the relation between the public and private life. Rousseau has presented many faces: the social theorist, ethicist, political and religious philosopher, pedagogue, novelist, literary critic, psychologist, musician, and botanist. These faces we will meet, these disciplines we must cross. Additionally, not only Rousseau but the topic – the relation between public and private – cuts across many diverse fields and issues: women studies, democratic theory, modern European history, social theory, philosophy of religion, reproductive rights, social justice, privacy laws, solitude, and community. Although the book is written for many, the principal audience are members of liberal democracies with interests in social theory, political philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

Keywords:   democracy, interest, liberalism, philosophy of religion, political philosophy, private, public, Rousseau, social theory

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