Emile: Or On Education

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Basic Books, Jun 29, 1979 - Education - 501 pages
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Alan Bloom's new translation of Emile, Rousseau's masterpiece on the education and training of the young, is the first in more than seventy years. In it, Bloom, whose magnificent translation of Plato's Republic has been universally hailed as a virtual rediscovery of that timeless text, again brings together the translator's gift for journeying between two languages and cultures and the philosopher's perception of the true meaning and significance of the issues being examined in the work. The result is a clear, readable, and highly engrossing text that at the same time offers a wholly new sense of the importance and relevance of Rousseau's thought to us.In addition to his translation, Bloom provides a brilliant introduction that relates the structure and themes of the book to the vital preoccupation's of our own age, particularly in the field of education, but also more generally to the current concerns about the limits and possibilities of human nature. Thus in this translation Emile, long a classic in the history of Western thought and educational theory, becomes something more: a prescription, fresh and dazzling, for the bringing up of autonomous, responsible—that is, truly democratic—human beings.
 

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User Review  - ted_newell - LibraryThing

Tough sledding but worth it. Rousseau is grandfather or even father of historicism, a true revolutionary. Now human history is us making ourselves, we think. My take is in my book Five Paradigms. Read full review

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User Review  - henrique.maia - LibraryThing

A Huge "Thought Experiment" Rousseau wants to reform the state of the decadent human institutions of his time. And what best place to start with than by educating people to be good citizens? So the ... Read full review

Contents

BOOK I
37
BOOK II
77
BOOK III
165
BOOK IV
211
BOOK V
357
Notes
481
Index
497
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Allan Bloom, formerly a professor of political theory at the University of Toronto, has recently become a professor of The Committee on Social Thought and in The College, University of Chicago.

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