Politics and the Arts
Letter to M. d'Alembert on the Theatre (Agora Editions)
This excellent translation makes available a classic work central to one of the most interesting controversies of the eighteenth century: the quarrel between Rousseau and Voltaire. Besides containing some of the most sensitive literary criticism ever written (especially of Moli re), the book is an excellent introduction to the principles of classical political thought. It demonstrates the paradoxes of Rousseau's thought and clearly displays the temperament that led him to repudiate the hopes of the Enlightenment.
Cornell University Press, 9780801490712, 196pp.
Publication Date: October 31, 1968