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Collected Writings of Rousseau

Although Jean-Jacques Rousseau is a significant figure in the Western tradition, there has been no standard edition of his writings available in English. Unlike those of other thinkers of comparable stature, moreover, many of Rousseau s important works either have never been translated or have become unavailable. These 14 volumes comprising The Collected Writings of Rousseau intend to remedy this situation.

The goal is to produce a series that can provide a standard reference for scholarship that is accessible to all those wishing to read broadly in the corpus of Rousseau s work. To this end, the translations seek to combine care and faithfulness to the original French text with readability in English.

We are no long accepting submissions for this series.

Autobiographical, Scientific, Religious, Moral, and Literary Writings

Noteworthy short pieces from Rousseau, most of which have never been translated into English before now.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques; Christopher Kelly, trans. and ed.

The Confessions and Correspondence, Including the Letters to Malesherbes

A new English translation, the first to be based on the definitive French Pléiade edition.
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

The Second Discourse examines man in the true “state of nature,” prior to the formation of the first human societies
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 attacks the social and political effects of the dominant forms of scientific knowledge
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Judith R. Bush, Roger D. Masters, and Christopher Kelly, trans.

or On Education (Includes Emile and Sophie, or the Solitaries)
The definitive translation of Emile
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques; Christopher Kelly and Allan Bloom, trans.; Christopher Kelly, ed.

Essay on the Origin of Languages and Writings Related to Music

Rousseau's major works, available for the first time in a uniform English edition, continue with a work that situates Rousseau's linguistic and musical theory within his larger philosophical system.
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
A novel in which Rousseau reconceptualized the relationship of the individual to the collective and articulated a new moral paradigm
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques. Philip Stewart and Jean Vaché, trans. and eds

Letter to Beaumont, Letters Written from the Mountain, and Related Writings

Rousseau’s responses to the religious and political critics of his works
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

The Collected Writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Volume 11.
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

The Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Botanical Writings, and Letter to Franquières

Rousseau’s major works, available for the first time in a uniform English edition, continue with translations of three works from his final decade
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Christopher Kelly, ed. Charles E. Butterworth, Alexandra Cook, and Terence E. Marshall, trans.

Rousseau, Judge of Jean-Jacques: Dialogues

Rousseau’s complete work, unified in English for the first time, premiers with an original translation of his 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

One of the most important and influential works in Western political thought
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, Judith R. Bush, Roger D. Masters, and Christopher Kelly, trans.