Letter to Beaumont, Letters Written from the Mountain, and by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

By Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Christopher Kelly, Eve Grace (eds.)
Christopher Kelly, Judith R. Bush (trs.)

Published among 1762 and 1765, those writings are the final works Rousseau wrote for e-book in the course of his lifetime. Responding in each one to the censorship and burning of Emile and Social agreement, Rousseau airs his perspectives on censorship, faith, and the relation among conception and perform in politics.

The Letter to Beaumont is a reaction to a Pastoral Letter through Christophe de Beaumont, Archbishop of Paris (also incorporated during this volume), which assaults the spiritual instructing in Emile. Rousseau’s reaction matters the overall subject of the relation among cause and revelation and comprises his such a lot specific and boldest discussions of the Christian doctrines of production, miracles, and unique sin.

In Letters Written from the Mountain, a reaction to the political hindrance in Rousseau’s fatherland of Geneva attributable to a dispute over the burning of his works, Rousseau extends his dialogue of Christianity and indicates how the political ideas of the Social agreement could be utilized to a concrete constitutional problem. one in all his most vital statements at the relation among political philosophy and political perform, it's followed by way of a fragmentary “History of the govt of Geneva.”

Finally, “Vision of Peter of the Mountain, referred to as the Seer” is a funny reaction to a resident of Motiers who were inciting assaults on Rousseau in the course of his exile there. Taking the shape of a scriptural account of a imaginative and prescient, it really is one of many infrequent examples of satire from Rousseau’s pen and the single paintings he released anonymously after his selection within the early 1750s to place his identify on all his released works. inside its satirical shape, the “Vision” includes Rousseau’s final public reflections on spiritual issues.

Neither the Letter to Beaumont nor the Letters Written from the Mountain has been translated into English when you consider that faulty translations that seemed presently after their visual appeal in French. those are the 1st translations of either the “History” and the “Vision.”

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From the bosom of error, there arose a man full of the language of Philosophy without being a genuine Philosopher; a mind endowed with a multitude of knowledge that did not enlighten him, and that spread darkness in 3 4 Pastoral Letter of the Archbishop of Paris other minds; a character given to paradoxes of opinions and conduct, alloying simplicity of morals with ostentation of thoughts, zeal for ancient maxims with the rage for establishing novelties, the obscurity of retreat with the desire to be known by everyone.

I will avoid talking about my contemporaries. I do not want to harm anyone. But the Atheist Spinoza peacefully taught his doctrine. His books were published without obstacle; they were retailed publicly. He came to France and was well received. All states were open to him; everywhere he found protection or at least safety. Princes honored him and oVered him professorships. 11 Today in the very celebrated century of philosophy, reason, and humanity, for having proposed with circumspection, even with respect and for love of the human race, some doubts founded on the very glory of the supreme Being, the defender of God’s cause—dishonored, banished, pursued from State to State, from sanctuary to sanctuary, without regard for his indigence, without pity for his inWrmities, with an animosity that no malefactor ever experienced and that would be barbarous even toward a healthy man—is forbidden Wre and water almost throughout Europe.

What the public knows or can know without oVending anyone is suYcient for that. 16 Deign, your Grace, to glance at the sixth Volume of the Wrst edition of the New Heloise. In the note on page 138*17 you will Wnd the true source of all my misfortunes. I predicted in that note (for I dabble in predictions, too, sometimes) that as soon as the * Page 282 of the new edition constituting Volume VI of the Works; note of the Book dealer. 26 Letter to Beaumont Jansenists were the masters, they would be more intolerant and harsh than their enemies.

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