Rousseau's Dog

Rousseau's Dog

Two Great Thinkers at War in the Age of Enlightenment

Book - 2006
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From the bestselling authors of Wittgenstein's Poker , the quarrel that shocked the world of Enlightenment.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau - philosopher, novelist, composer, educationist, political provocateur - was on the run. He was fleeing intolerance, persecution, and enemies who proclaimed him a madman, dangerous to society. David Hume, the foremost philosopher in the English language, universally praised as a model of decency, came to his aid. He brought Rousseau and his beloved little dog Sultan to England. And then it all went horribly wrong.

In Rousseau's Dog , David Edmonds and John Eidinow bring their narrative verve to the bitter quarrel that turned these two Enlightenment giants into mortal foes. The result is a story of celebrity and its price, of shameless spin, of destroyed reputations and shattered friendships. It is a story of two men whose writings would forever shape our world, but whose personalities and ideas could scarcely have had less in common. And it is a very human story of compassion, treachery, anger and revenge.

Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2006.
ISBN: 9780571224050
0571224059
Branch Call Number: 192 EDM
Characteristics: 405 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Eidinow, John

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