The Philosophers' Quarrel: Rousseau, Hume, and the Limits of by Robert Zaretsky

By Robert Zaretsky

The upward thrust and astounding fall of the friendship among the 2 nice philosophers of the eighteenth century, slightly six months once they first met, reverberated on either side of the Channel. because the courting among Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Hume unraveled, a volley of rancorous letters used to be fired off, then quick released and gobbled via aristocrats, intellectuals, and customary readers alike. every person took aspects during this momentous dispute among the best of Enlightenment thinkers.

In this full of life and revealing ebook, Robert Zaretsky and John T. Scott discover the unfolding rift among Rousseau and Hume. The authors are really fascinated about the relationship among the thinkers’ lives and inspiration, particularly the way in which that the failure of every to appreciate the other—and himself—illuminates the boundaries of human figuring out. moreover, they situate the philosophers’ quarrel within the social, political, and highbrow milieu that proficient their activities, in addition to the actions of the opposite members within the dispute, similar to James Boswell, Adam Smith, and Voltaire. by way of studying the clash during the prism of every philosopher’s contribution to Western inspiration, Zaretsky and Scott exhibit the consequences for the 2 males as participants and philosophers in addition to for the modern world.

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