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  1. says:

    I admit it I generally enjoy short philosophy lite books like ROUSSEAU’S DOG Edmund and Eidinow’s earlier WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER

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    The dog's tailThe second dognonot Sultan of Rousseauthe dog that always barked and led to the tarnishing of many prominen

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    I don't want to give any of the pleasures of this book away but it is a PERFECT example of Twain's dictum that people NEVER

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    I think I learned about Rousseau's and Hume's philosophies from this book than from anything else I had read about them inc

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    I was thoroughly enjoying this book until it came to the actual uarrel between Rousseau and Hume which was not two thinkers at war but two men in emotional distress in a way that's not fun to read aboutMeticulous research e

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    To think that two great philosophers and “men of reason” — David Hume and Jean Jacues Rousseau — could fall prey to their uncontrollable passions in the Age of Enlightenment make this an exceptionally interesting book The Scot

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    What I've learned of philosophy was removed from history so I never realized before picking up this book that David Hume and Jean Jacues Rousseau were contemporaries let alone that they had a very public feud The book wasn't what I expected oka

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    I admit that I was less interested in how well Rousseau and Hume got along or didn't get along than I was in comparisons of their philosophywhich was scarce in this book

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    Really entertaining full or references to other works good overview full gallery of prominent names of the period very nice

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    What a complicated story and what mass of letters the writers of this book must have had to findlocate and read and then did they really re read Hume and Rousseau? I have my doubts on that point as there seems to

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FREE DOWNLOAD · eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ç David Edmonds

In 1766 philosopher novelist composer and political provocateur Jean Jacues Rousseau was a fugitive decried by his enemies as a dangerous madman Meanwhile David Hume now recognized as the foremost philosopher in the English language was being universally lauded as a paragon of decency And so Rousseau came to England with his beloved dog Sultan and wil. I admit it I generally enjoy short philosophy lite books like ROUSSEAU S DOG Edmund and Eidinow s earlier WITTGENSTEIN S POKER was no masterpiece But it was hugely fun So naturally I looked forward to ROUSSEAU S DOG But DOG is a disappointment It may not be the fault of the authors It might be that the subject matter just did not sit well with me There is something about the falling out between David Hume and Jean Jacues Rousseau that is unpleasant and tawdry Edmund and Eidinow expose Rousseau and Hume at their worst Especially Hume who seems to have been a likable and sensible person most of his life But not here Here he comes off as petty and back stabbing To set the stage Hume and Rousseau were contemporaries They were very unlike one another in temperament and philosophical thought Yet they are two of the most conseuential philosophers in the entire western tradition Hume and Rousseau were both products of the Enlightenment Hume is often described as the greatest of the English speaking philosophers He was the grandmaster of the Enlightenment s tradition of Rational Skepticism He epitomized the Enlightenment s assumption that the careful analysis of philosophical problems can improve the uality of our thinking and lead us to purge superstition and backwards institutions That in turn will improve the uality of our lives Rousseau popularized the notion that government is predicated on a social contract But importantly he uestioned the Enlightenment s assumption that the human condition is improved by civilization and culture He embraced religious experience though curiously it was religion without God nature and the emotional experience of life He planted the seeds that became the Romantic Movement after his death It is difficult to assess which has been influential Both are hugely so But it might be fair to generalize that Hume has had greater influence in the US and United Kingdom and Rousseau has had on the continent Though they pursued very different philosophical projects their falling out had nothing to do with differences in their philosophies though there were many The falling out pretty much had to do with Rousseau s nuttiness and then was exacerbated by Hume s misplaced concern for his personal reputation Here in short is what went down Rousseau was constantly in trouble with the censors in Switzerland and France He often was in peril of going to jail for his writing which inaccurately was deemed anti religious During such a period a common friend prevailed on Hume to help Rousseau Hume did and offered to bring Rousseau with him back to England where the censors had little power and Rousseau could write in peace At first they got on well but Hume s correspondence shows that it did not take long before he found Rousseau to be a burden What Hume had not known was that Rousseau was a schizophrenic hypochondriac whose life careened from paranoid episode to paranoid episode An unrestrained drama ueen Rousseau could not get along with other people In fact Rousseau had a dog named Sultan But the dog to whom the title of the book refers is not Sultan but rather is a metaphor for Rousseau s mental illness You see Rousseau had two dogs Sultan and his illness Predictably soon after arriving in England Rousseau began to suspect that Hume had lured him there to take advantage in some vague way Things went downhill from there The lone surprise here was how badly Hume over reacted Fearing that Rousseau might write an unflattering account of the episode Hume began corresponding with common friends and influential third parties in an effort to undermine Rousseau Hume comes off badly in this correspondence And in retrospect it seems so foolish Even then many friends advised Hume to leave it alone and he would be judged fairly That was good advice Hume had done nothing to give Rousseau any legitimate grievance Posterity has mostly judged Hume kindly He is widely regarded as having been a good natured and generous man But that is not how Edmund and Eidinow portray him To provide dramatic tension for their book they seem to want Hume to appear eually at fault with Rousseau But it does not work There is no genuine tension in ROUSSEAU S DOG Mostly because it does not matter Unlike WITTGENSTEIN S POKER where the violent argument between Wittgenstein and Popper was all about their philosophical differences the falling out between Rousseau and Hume is completely disconnected from their work In the end I was left thinking that I would be happier knowing less about this lowly chapter in the lives of two men whose philosophy I admire greatly

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Lingly took refuge with his respected counterpart But within months the exile was loudly accusing his benefactor of plotting to dishonor him which prompted a most uncharacteristically violent response from Hume And so began a remarkable war of words and actions that ensnared many of the leading figures in British and French society and became the talk. I was thoroughly enjoying this book until it came to the actual uarrel between Rousseau and Hume which was not two thinkers at war but two men in emotional distress in a way that s not fun to read aboutMeticulous research extensive uotes from letters good writing even handedness and an inherently interesting subject don t make up for the sheer pain of Rousseau s paranoia and Hume s distress and indignation as a response to being accused of treachery

FREE DOWNLOAD · eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ç David Edmonds

Of intellectual EuropeRousseau's Dog is the fascinating true story of the bitter and very public uarrel that turned the Age of Enlightenment's two most influential thinkers into deadliest of foes a most human tale of compassion treachery anger and revenge; of celebrity and its price; of shameless spin; of destroyed reputations and shattered friendshi. I admit that I was less interested in how well Rousseau and Hume got along or didn t get along than I was in comparisons of their philosophywhich was scarce in this book