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The Psychology of Inequality

Author : Michael Locke McLendon
Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
Release : 2018-11-19
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9780812295733


Book The Psychology of Inequality Description/Summary:

In The Psychology of Inequality, Michael Locke McLendon looks to Jean-Jacques Rousseau's thought for insight into the personal and social pathologies that plague commercial and democratic societies. He emphasizes the way Rousseau appropriated and modified the notion of self-love, or amour-propre, found in Augustine and various early modern thinkers. McLendon traces the concept in Rousseau's work and reveals it to be a form of selfish vanity that mimics aspects of Homeric honor culture and, in the modern world, shapes the outlook of the wealthy and powerful as well as the underlying assumptions of meritocratic ideals. According to McLendon, Rousseau's elucidation of amour-propre describes a desire for glory and preeminence that can be dangerously antisocial, as those who believe themselves superior derive pleasure from dominating and even harming those they consider beneath them. Drawing on Rousseau's insights, McLendon asserts that certain forms of inequality, especially those associated with classical aristocracy and modern-day meritocracy, can corrupt the mindsets and personalities of people in socially disruptive ways. The Psychology of Inequality shows how amour-propre can be transformed into the demand for praise, whether or not one displays praiseworthy qualities, and demonstrates the ways in which this pathology continues to play a leading role in the psychology and politics of modern liberal democracies.


Author : Ravi Verma
Publisher : Independently Published
Release : 2021-04-20
Category : Poetry


Book Amour-propre Description/Summary:

It is the first book in the series Unconditional. Unconditional aims to share the author's approach and understanding of love: its presence, value, different forms, etc. This book hides inside the sentiments of affection we should have for our 'self'. Remembering how far we have come and showing gratitude for the state of well-being and content life has helped us to enjoy after each hurdle we passed. The poems in this book encourage mainly to recognize the importance of self-love, self-worth, acceptance, etc. Some of them talk about the negative effects a wrong choice may cause and warn for the same. Some may sound sarcastic, some may trigger hope, and some are likely to motivate you to take needed actions towards self's betterment.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Author : Source Wikipedia
Publisher :
Release : 2013-09
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : 1230839674


Book Jean-Jacques Rousseau Description/Summary:

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 28. Chapters: Amour-propre, Amour de soi, Civil religion, Popular sovereignty.

Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love

Author : Frederick Neuhouser
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2008-07-10
Category : History
ISBN : 9780199542673


Book Rousseau's Theodicy of Self-Love Description/Summary:

This book is a lively and comprehensive study of Rousseau's understanding of a type of self-love, amour propre, that marks the central difference between humans and the beasts. Amour propre is the passion that drives humans to seek the esteem, approval, admiration, or love--the recognition --of their fellow beings. This book explains in accessible language what the drive for recognition is, why it is so problematic, and how its presenceopens up far-reaching developmental possibilities for creatures that possess it. One of its central points is that the drive for recognition is the source of all human evils (enslavement, conflict, vice, misery, and alienation). Yet at the same time this drive is a necessary condition of everything that makes human lifevaluable and elevates it above mere animal existence: rationality, morality, freedom--subjectivity itself--would be impossible for humans if it were not for amour propre and the relations to others it impels us to establish.

The Significance of Rousseau's Concept of Amour-propre in Rawls

Author : Xinghua Wang
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2017
Category : Autonomy (Philosophy)
ISBN : OCLC:1103711245


Book The Significance of Rousseau's Concept of Amour-propre in Rawls Description/Summary:

This dissertation defends the view that there is a Rousseauvian interpretation of Rawls's political philosophy by focusing on the significance of amour-propre in Rawls's political philosophy. In the first chapter, I introduce my central thesis and chapter arrangements and compare my Rousseauvian interpretation with other interpretations of Rawls. In the second chapter, I introduce Rousseau's concept of amour-propre and try to defend Rawls's wide view of amourpropre, according to which, amour-propre has both a positive and a negative form. In the third chapter, I argue that Rousseau's concept of amour-propre plays a significant role in Rawls's conception of justice as fairness. Thus, I show that one of the main reasons why parties in the original position would choose Rawls's two principles of justice over other conceptions of justice is that justice as fairness meets the demands of amour-propre while other conceptions of justice do not. In the fourth chapter, I argue that Rousseau's concept of amour-propre plays a significant role in Rawls's stability argument. This argument has three parts. The first part involves showing that Rawls's moral psychology is an illustration of Rousseau's thesis that moral sentiments are derived from natural sentiments. The second part argues that Rawls's congruence argument and his overlapping consensus argument are based on Rousseau's conception of persons. The third part argues that Rawls's argument from the absence of special psychology is also grounded in Rousseau's concept of amour-propre. In the fifth chapter, I argue that Rousseau's concept of amour-propre plays a significant role in Rawls's law of peoples by showing that three themes of Rawls's law of peoples, the two international original positions, the idea of a realistic utopia and the distinction between peoples and states, parallel, and are grounded in, Rousseau's concept of amour-propre. In the final chapter, I consider two objections against my assumption that the legitimate social bases of self-respect are equal basic rights and liberties and their substantive fair value. I argue that these objections are groundless. I thus conclude that there is a Rousseauvian interpretation of Rawls's justice as fairness and law of peoples.

Rousseau's Critique of Inequality

Author : Frederick Neuhouser
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2014-06-19
Category : History
ISBN : 9781107064744


Book Rousseau's Critique of Inequality Description/Summary:

This book evaluates Rousseau's arguments concerning why inequality exists in society and why it poses dangers to human well-being.

The Month

Author : Anonim
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 1959
Category : Uncategorized
ISBN : IND:30000093237398


Book The Month Description/Summary:

Shattered Amour Propre

Author : Nicole King
Publisher : Independently Published
Release : 2019-02-23
Category : Poetry
ISBN : 179788574X


Book Shattered Amour Propre Description/Summary:

Ride a roller coaster of emotions that range from the deepest, darkest depths of sadness to the brightest lights of optimism and the truest forms of love. This is no ordinary poetry book, as this follows a path much like life itself. One day, you are having the most precious moment of your life, but the next turns to a void that seems inescapable. Some days are orderly and rhythmically sound, but we all have days that our plans cease to follow along with our written morning routines. They just go where they wish, not really caring what you thought you needed and especially, not what you wanted. Yet, you always find some kind of hope in the distance. You must. If you quit fighting, you'd lose.

Rousseau and the Ethics of Virtue

Author : James Delaney
Publisher : A&C Black
Release : 2006-11-15
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 0826487246


Book Rousseau and the Ethics of Virtue Description/Summary:

An original analysis of Rousseau's place in the tradition of virtue ethics running from Aristotle to the present day.

Rousseau, Nature, and the Problem of the Good Life

Author : Laurence D. Cooper
Publisher : Penn State Press
Release : 2006-06
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 9780271029887


Book Rousseau, Nature, and the Problem of the Good Life Description/Summary:

The rise of modern science created a crisis for Western moral and political philosophy, which had theretofore relied either on Christian theology or Aristotelian natural teleology as guarantors of an objective standard for &"the good life.&" This book examines Rousseau's effort to show how and why, despite this challenge from science (which he himself intensified by equating our subhuman origins with our natural state), nature can remain a standard for human behavior. While recognizing an original goodness in human being in the state of nature, Rousseau knew this to be too low a standard and promoted the idea of &"the natural man living in the state of society,&" notably in Emile. Laurence Cooper shows how, for Rousseau, conscience&—understood as the &"love of order&"&—functions as the agent whereby simple savage sentiment is sublimated into a more refined &"civilized naturalness&" to which all people can aspire.

Guide to French Literature

Author : St James Press,Anthony Levi,Retired Professor of French Anthony Levi
Publisher : Detroit [Mich.] : St. James Press
Release : 1992
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : UOM:49015003015816


Book Guide to French Literature Description/Summary:

This guide surveys the lives and works of 300 famous French writers. Entries are devoted to the primary writers, with some entries on important movements, literary groups and publications.

The Problems and Promise of Commercial Society

Author : Dennis Carl Rasmussen
Publisher : Penn State Press
Release : 2010-11-01
Category : Business & Economics
ISBN : 9780271045764


Book The Problems and Promise of Commercial Society Description/Summary:

Adam Smith is popularly regarded as the ideological forefather of laissez-faire capitalism, while Rousseau is seen as the passionate advocate of the life of virtue in small, harmonious communities and as a sharp critic of the ills of commercial society. But, in fact, Smith had many of the same worries about commercial society that Rousseau did and was strongly influenced by his critique. In this first book-length comparative study of these leading eighteenth-century thinkers, Dennis Rasmussen highlights Smith&’s sympathy with Rousseau&’s concerns and analyzes in depth the ways in which Smith crafted his arguments to defend commercial society against these charges. These arguments, Rasmussen emphasizes, were pragmatic in nature, not ideological: it was Smith&’s view that, all things considered, commercial society offered more benefits than the alternatives. Just because of this pragmatic orientation, Smith&’s approach can be useful to us in assessing the pros and cons of commercial society today and thus contributes to a debate that is too much dominated by both dogmatic critics and doctrinaire champions of our modern commercial society.

Passions, Politics and the Limits of Society

Author : Heikki Haara,Koen Stapelbroek,Mikko Immanen
Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Release : 2020-08-24
Category : History
ISBN : 9783110679861


Book Passions, Politics and the Limits of Society Description/Summary:

The 1st part of the volume engages with the theme of inclusion and exclusion in the history of ideas from different perspectives. The 2nd part of the volume discusses debates on natural law, human nature and political economy in early-modern Europe. Its contributions explore the sorts of political and moral visions that were relevant in post-Hobbesian moral philosophy and the development of economic thought.