Jean Jacques Rousseau (17121778). Social Contract & Discourses. 1913.
A Note on Books
THERE are few good books in English on Rousseaus politics. By far the best treatment is to be found in Mr. Bernard Bosanquets Philosophical Theory of the State. Viscount Morleys Rousseau is a good life, but is not of much use as a criticism of views; Mr. W. Boyds The Educational Theory of Rousseau contains some fairly good chapters on the political views. D. G. Ritchies Darwin and Hegel includes an admirable essay on The Social Contract Theory and another on Sovereignty. The English translation of Professor Grans Rousseau is an interesting biography.
In French, there is a good cheap edition of Rousseaus complete works published by Hachette in thirteen volumes. M. Dreyfus-Brisacs great edition of the Contrat Social is indispensable, and there is a good small edition with notes by M. Georges Beaulavon. M. Faguets study of Rousseau in his Dix-huitième siècleétudes littéraires and his Politique comparée de Montesquieu, Voltaire et Rousseau are useful, though I am seldom in agreement with them. M. Henri Rodets Le Contrat Social et les idées politiques de J. J. Rousseau is useful, if not inspired, and there are interesting works by MM. Chuquet, Fabre and Lemaître. The French translation of Professor Höffdings little volume on Rousseau: sa vie et sa philosophie is admirable.
Miss Foxleys translation of the Emile, especially of Book V, should be studied in connection with the Social Contract. A companion volume, containing the Letters on the Mount and other works, will be issued shortly.