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  • Series: Great Books in Philosophy (Book 20)
  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591021111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591021117
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #490,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By John Mickey on May 3, 2007
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While the translation is readable, this book is missing sizable chunks of the original text, which is entirely unforgivable. The entire discourse on private property through beans is missing, as well as a discussion on the Savoyard Vicar. This is hardly suitable for either a general reading or deep study, I suggest the Bloom translation instead.
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By alicia r on November 9, 2014
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Excellent novel.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Knapp on January 22, 2012
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Where the censors in 18th century France failed, the people at "Great Books in Philosophy" succeeded admirably, sanitizing Rousseau's convoluted masterpiece of all its deluded glory. They edited out the "profession de foi" and the more sadistic of the tutor's elaborate exercises, the abhorrent "hidden hand" behavioral manipulation, the eerie panopticon voyeurism, the abnormal obsession with order and control. These are the parts that inspired Robespierre and Danton, Marx, Lenin, and Stalin, which is to say, the parts that are really significant and, unfortunately, enduring.

This must have been abridged to give freshmen elementary education majors a bite size edition to discuss in class for a day or two; as for Rousseau's techniques applied to actual and not theoretical children, I know a two and a half year old who would chew him up and spit him out like creamed cauliflower, long before nap time.
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