The Collected Writings of Rousseau
Roger D. Masters and Christopher Kelly, Editors

“Students of Rousseau lacking a knowledge of French will long be in the debt of Masters and Kelly . . . [The Collected Writings of Rousseau] provides welcome assistance to Rousseau scholars by alerting teachers and students alike to the controversy Rousseau’s writings ignited as well as to the dominant opinions against which he struggled. Each volume in the series will interest general readers, students at all levels, and teachers; and each is needed in any serious library collection.”—Choice

More than two hundred years after the death of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, many of the works of the French philosopher and political theorist have been either unavailable in English or poorly translated. The Collected Writings of Rousseau is the only standard English edition of Rousseau’s major works.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau“Our goal is to produce a series that can provide a standard reference for scholarship,” state the editors; one that is “accessible to all those wishing to read broadly in the corpus of Rousseau’s work.” To this end, they have adopted rigorous editorial standards. Where possible, the editors have sought out existing translations of high quality and carefully revised them, both to reflect the latest scholarship on the French originals and to maintain consistency among the English editions in the series. Many texts, including such major works as the Confessions and Julie, have been newly translated for the series.

Each text is supplemented with extensive editorial notes, clarifying Rousseau’s references and citations. Each is also keyed to the standard French edition of Rousseau’s works, the Pléiade edition of the Oeuvres complètes, an innovation of great convenience to scholars who wish to consult a passage in the original.

The Collected Writings of Rousseau was launched in 1990 with the publication of the first English translation of Rousseau, Judge of Jean-Jacques, also known as Dialogues. One of Rousseau’s three major works of autobiography (the others being the Confessions and the Rêveries), this volume consists of three dialogs between “Rousseau” and an unnamed Frenchman concerning the works and reputation of one “Jean-Jacques.”

Volumes 2 and 3 feature Rousseau’s first political works, the First and Second Discourses, along with numerous contemporary critiques and Rousseau’s own replies to his critics. These polemics, most never before translated, capture the major intellectual debates of the time and reveal the context of Rousseau’s thought. Volume 4 features Rousseau’s most famous political work, the Social Contract, along with related manuscripts.

One of the most significant volumes in the series is an entirely new translation of the Confessions by Christopher Kelly. Many scholars have long felt that previous translations of this key text have been inadequate and inaccurate; this new version is the most faithful to the original available in English.

(by title)
Autobiographical, Scientific, Religious, Moral, and Literary Writings Rousseau, Jean-Jacques; Christopher Kelly, trans. and ed.
The Confessions and Correspondence, Including the Letters to Malesherbes Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Christopher Kelly, trans.; Christopher Kelly, Roger D. Masters, and Peter G. Stillman, eds.
Discourse on the Origins of Inequality (Second Discourse), Polemics, and Political Economy Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Judith R. Bush, Roger D. Masters, Christopher Kelly, and Terence Marshall, trans.
Discourse on the Sciences and Arts (First Discourse) and Polemics Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Judith R. Bush, Roger D. Masters, and Christopher Kelly, trans.
Emile or On Education (Includes Emile and Sophie, or the Solitaries) Rousseau, Jean-Jacques; Christopher Kelly and Allan Bloom, trans.; Christopher Kelly, ed.
Essay on the Origin of Languages and Writings Related to Music Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. John T. Scott, trans. and ed.
Julie, or the New Heloise Letters of Two Lovers Who Live in a Small Town at the Foot of the Alps Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Philip Stewart and Jean Vaché, trans. and eds
Letter to Beaumont, Letters Written from the Mountain, and Related Writings Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Christopher Kelly and Eve Grace, eds. Christopher Kelly and Judith R. Bush, trans.
Letter to D’Alembert and Writings for the Theater Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
The Plan for Perpetual Peace, On the Government of Poland, and Other Writings on History and Politics Rousseau, Jean-Jacques
The Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Botanical Writings, and Letter to Franquières Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Christopher Kelly, ed. Charles E. Butterworth, Alexandra Cook, and Terence E. Marshall, trans.
Rousseau, Judge of Jean-Jacques: Dialogues Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Judith R. Bush, Christopher Kelly, and Roger D. Masters, trans.
Social Contract, Discourse on the Virtue Most Necessary for a Hero, Political Fragments, and Geneva Manuscript Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Judith R. Bush, Roger D. Masters, and Christopher Kelly, trans.

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