Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1987.
First Edition. Hardcover. 9 1/4" X 6 1/4". xiv, 262pp. Mild shelfwear to dust jacket. Red cloth over boards, with spine lettered in silver. Mild edgewear to binding. Previous owner's name to front pastedown. Binding is firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A highly presentable copy of Christopher Kelly's reading of Rousseau's Confessions, providing the most complete commentary on the Confessions written in any language. From flaps: "Kelly begins with an examination of Rousseau's fascination with the genre of autobiography and goes on to look at Rousseau's analyses of exemplary lives in such theoretical works as Emile and the Second Discourse. According to Kelly, Rousseau saw the retelling of an exemplary life as an especially effective way to disseminate moral and political teaching. Kelly suggests that in the Confessions Rousseau details a new kind of exemplary life in an account that rivals his accounts of Jesus, Socrates, and Cato. Moreover, by showing how one civilized individual, having lost his natural independence, regains a semblance of natural wholeness, the Confessions dramatizes Rousseau's revolutionary philosophy of human nature. In Kelly's view, then, Rousseau's autobiography complements his theoretical works while making their philosophical ideas accessible to the broadest possible public." Very good + / very good +. Item #5068