In the great ferment of the French Revolution, Voltaire and Rousseau stood out as intellectual giants. Voltaire´s incisive wit and commitment to translucent reason stands in sharp contrast to Rousseau´s earnest convictions and attention to emotion. Both thinkers produced work of enduring value in morality and political philosophy. The World of Philosophy series presents the questions, interests, and worldviews of the world´s great philosophers and philosophical traditions. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations, in understandable language, give you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lynn Redgrave. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/001624/bk_blak_001624_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Rousseau in just one hour. In Rousseau we encounter a walking ego, a naked sensibility - his arguments are both deeply stirring and deeply inconsistent. Yet whilst his contemporaries Kant and Hume may have been superior academic philosophers, the sheer power of Rousseau’s ideas was unequalled in his time. It was he who encouraged the introduction of both liberty and irrationality into the public domain, lamenting how ‘man is born free but everywhere he is in chains’. This audiobook is an expert account of Rousseau’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy to listen to. Also included are selections from Rousseau’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Rousseau in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jonathan Keeble. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hcuk/001388/bk_hcuk_001388_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A History of Civilization in France, England, and Germany from 1756, and in the Remainder of Europe from 1715 to 1789 The Pulitzer Prize-winning volume on European civilization by acclaimed historians Will and Ariel Durant. Rousseau and Revolution, the 10th volume of the Story of Civilization, ranges over a Europe in ferment, but centers on the passionate rebel-philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the great exponent of the romantic impulse toward self-exploration and social revolt, who contended with the great rationalist Voltaire for the mind of Europe. Rousseau condemned civilization as a disease, glorified the noble savage, proclaimed to the world with equal intensity his own love affairs and the natural rights of man, and became the patron saint of the revolution and the worldwide social upheavals of two centuries. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/008024/bk_blak_008024_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Geneva-born thinker Jean-Jacques Rousseau´s famous work of political philosophy from 1762 is based on a give-and-take theory of the relation between individual freedom and social order: the social contract that gives the work its name. Rousseau thinks about the issue by starting with what is known as the state of nature, a lawless condition where people are free to do what they like, governed only by their own instinctive sense of justice. People are free, but they are also vulnerable to chaos and violence. To avoid this, they agree to give up some of their freedom to benefit from the protection of social and political organization. But this deal is only just if societies are led by the collective needs and wants of the people, and are able to control the private interests of individuals. The people´s collective power upholds individual freedom as a general principle, if not in each specific case. Rousseau´s thinking - that the only legitimate form of government is rule by the people - was certainly radical for the time. But it has gone on to influence almost every major school of political thought over the last two and a half centuries. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Macat.com. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/063906/bk_acx0_063906_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau initiated the modern genre of autobiography, vastly influenced the development of the Enlightenment through his political philosophy, and helped develop modern educational thought, although his book on the question outraged the French parliament so much that an arrest order was issued against him. We have selected for you 100 of his most interesting quotes. They come from essential works like his Discourse on Inequality or the Social Contract, which shaped modern political and social thought; Julie or the New Heloise, which helped the development of romanticism in fiction; or the Confessions, one of the boldest and most honest autobiographical works ever written. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Katie Haigh. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cids/000548/bk_cids_000548_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Magali Rousseau sets out as a private detective, she expects to take pictures of dodgy salesmen and adulterers. Wrong. Her very first case, and it´s murder. Then comes another. And another. Until she finds herself trapped with a killer whose only aim is to make her his tenth - and final - victim. Set in Provence, One Green Bottle is not just about Magali´s hunt for a serial killer. It´s also the story of a woman recently divorced, in search of a new life. But in a man´s world, she can only succeed by defeating her own doubts. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jan Cramer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/070375/bk_acx0_070375_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.´´ - Rousseau ´´Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it means one always has some battle to wage against oneself.´´ - Rousseau The grand narrative of the Enlightenment, usually recounted and understood in terms of progress and modernity, generally appears as a simplified evolution from the trappings of superstition, feudalism, and everything ´´irrational´´ to a world more similar to today´s world. Alongside the Renaissance, the Enlightenment is credited for the transition to an adherence to reason, secularism, and promotion of values such as individual and collective freedom and liberty. Of course, one of the towering figures of the age was Jean Jacques Rousseau, whose works were essential to the ideological developments of the 18th century. The prestige of French literature in the 18th century resides especially in its revolutionary character; while the writers of the previous century used to support the social order through their works and showed sympathy and even attempted to explain the political order of the time, in the 18th century, art, literature, philosophy and science all contribute actively and fiercely to the fight against the absolutist monarch and his regime. While this was a current manifesting all throughout Europe, there were differences in practice, especially between close countries (as was the case of England and France). There are many books and articles published constantly on the life and works of Rousseau. What generated such an abundance of writings is the turbulent life he led and the courage and audacity he manifested while fighting the prejudices of the time and establishing his ideas firmly within the academic community. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Linsenmayer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038637/bk_acx0_038637_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
L´homme est naturellement bon ; c´est la société qui le pervertit. On doit cette idée fondamentale à Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosophe, initiateur du genre autobiographique avec les Confessions, penseur politique, écrivain romantique, et même compositeur d´opéra ; une figure majeure de l´âge des Lumières. Ces 100 citations ont été sélectionnées parmi ses œuvres majeures, entre autres : le Discours sur l´Inégalité, un des fondements de la pensée politique et sociale moderne ; le Contrat social ; la Nouvelle Héloïse, roman précurseur du mouvement romantique ; Émile ou de l´Éducation ; les Confessions, une des autobiographies les plus franches jamais écrites, ainsi que d´autres moins connues. 1. French. Patrick Blandin. http://samples.audible.de/bk/cids/000660/bk_cids_000660_sample.mp3.
Il y aura trois siècles en juin 2012 naissait Rousseau. Ces anniversaires ont bien souvent des allures de mausolées érigés en l´honneur de grands hommes qu´on ne célèbre que pour mieux s´autoriser à oublier leur pensée. Mais à cette aune, Jean-Jacques fait encore aujourd´hui de la résistance. C´est ce que montre Jean-Paul Jouary dans ce Rousseau, citoyen du futur qui, au-delà des élèves et étudiants, s´adresse à toutes celles et ceux qui cherchent à inventer de nouvelles formes politiques propres à réconcilier la citoyenneté de chacun avec les exigences collectives de toute vie sociale. Au service de cette pensée dont l´acuité est trop souvent noyée sous les lieux communs, Daniel Mesguich met un mélange de subtilité, de véhémence et de conviction qui rend enfin justice à l´analyste inspiré du Contrat social. 1. French. Daniel Mesguich. http://samples.audible.de/bk/odlb/000192/bk_odlb_000192_sample.mp3.
´´To hold a pen is to be at war.´´ (Voltaire) ´´Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it means one always has some battle to wage against oneself.´´ (Rousseau) The grand narrative of the Enlightenment, usually recounted and understood in terms of progress and modernity, generally appears as a simplified evolution from the trappings of superstition, feudalism, and everything ´´irrational´´ to a world more similar to today´s world. Alongside the Renaissance, the Enlightenment is credited with the transition to an adherence to reason, secularism, and promotion of values such as the value of the individual, collective freedom, and liberty. At the heart of the movement in France was François-Marie Arouet, better known by the pen name Voltaire, whose voluminous writings advocated for greater liberalism, including freedom of religion and separation of church and state. In addition to the classic Candide, Voltaire was a biting polemic whose satirical attacks on the Catholic Church were among the fiercest of his day. He also understood the risks he was taking with these writings, at one point explaining, ´´It is dangerous to be right in matters where established men are wrong.´´ The Enlightenment is looked upon fondly, and it serves to reinforce the notion that the present is superior to the past, but things did not change as rapidly or as completely as many believe. In fact, some recent historians have challenged the belief that the Enlightenment was responsible for the French Revolution, which is a vital issue when it comes to Voltaire. After all, Voltaire, as both his contemporaries and most of his modern readers know him, is widely regarded as the pinnacle of Enlightenment thought, the symbol of the era of reason. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mark Linsenmayer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036960/bk_acx0_036960_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.