On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life: Reflections on Rousseau's Rêveries

2016.08.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Heinrich Meier, On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life: Reflections on Rousseau's Rêveries, Robert Berman (tr.), University of
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2016.08.13 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Heinrich Meier, On the Happiness of the Philosophic Life: Reflections on Rousseau's Rêveries, Robert Berman (tr.), University of Chicago Press, 2016, 344pp., $50.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226074030. Reviewed by Ryan Patrick Hanley, Marquette University The Rousseau best known to philosophers today is largely the Rousseau of the Social Contract, and to a lesser extent, of the Discourse on Inequality -- that is to say, a Rousseau committed to equality, civic unity, and freedom. The Rousseau on which Heinrich Meier's book focuses is a very different one. His is the Rousseau of the Reveries of the Solitary Walker, and to a lesser extent, of the Dialogues -- that is to say, a Rousseau in search of solitude and the "philosophic life." To this end, Meier's book offers a close reading of the Reveries, a work whose "alpha and omega is solitude" (3). Meier's book is divided into two parts. The longer first part focuses on. . .

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