Educating the solitary man: Levinas, Rousseau, and the return to Jewish wisdom

Mokslo publikacijos / Scientific publications
Document Type:
Straipsnis / Article
Anglų kalba / English
Educating the solitary man: Levinas, Rousseau, and the return to Jewish wisdom
In the Journal:
Levinas studies . 2007, 2, p. 133-152, 232-235
Apšvieta; Edukacinis projektas; Emmanuel Levinas; Individas; Jean Jacques Rousseau; Judaizmas; Laisvė; Levinas, Emanuelis; Moteriškumas; Rousseau, Jeanas Jacquesas; Savimeilė; Talmudas; Tora; Ugdymas; Visuomenė; Žydų auklėjimo modelis; Žydų išmintis; Žydų ugdymas
Amour-propre; Education; Educational project; Emannuel Levinas; Enlightenment; Femininity; Freedom; Individual; Jean Jacques Rousseau; Jewish education; Jewish model of education; Jewish wisdom; Judaism; Levinas, Emmanuel; Rousseau, Jean-Jacques; Society; Talmud; Talmudas; Torah
Summary / Abstract:

ENJean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) opens his book The Social Contract (1762) with his famous statement, “Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.” An Enlightenment thinker, Rousseau understands himself to be responding to the two dominant traditions of political thought at this time: the voluntarist tradition of Hobbes, Pufendorf, and Grotius; and the liberal tradition of Locke and Montesquieu. The latter group argues that civil society exists to protect certain natural rights, one of which is liberty. The former group supports an absolute monarchy (benevolent or not), with the famous statement by Hobbes, as its signature: in the State of Nature, life is nasty, poor, brutish, and short. The only solution is to surrender one’s freedom to the sovereign and thus escape the brutality and depravity of life in the state of nature. [Extract, p. 133]

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