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Rousseau's HandThe Crafting of  a Writer$
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Angelica Goodden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199683833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683833.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.189) Conclusion
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Rousseau's Hand
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Angelica Goodden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199683833.003.0009

Rousseau's signatures, the craftsman's fingerprint and the writer's eloquence, are discussed in terms of his lifetime's devotion to praxis and doxa respectively, the convergence of hand and voice through a deep involvement with craft and moral teaching, and the craftsman's preoccupation with durability. He realized that craft and life were intimately connected and mutually supportive: though writing is inevitably done at second hand, detached from reality itself, it is seen as a vital residue. Rousseau ‘made’ a world by projecting it, but also by deeply honouring the dignity of manual work.

Keywords:   signature and fingerprint, praxis and doxa, eloquence, craft, manual work, and durability, reality and the second hand

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