Resolving the Paradox of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Sexual Politics
- Publish Date: 2009-05-16
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Tamela Ice
This book proposes a resolution to the paradox of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's sexual politicsthat he is the philosopher of freedom for men yet philosopher of servitude for women. The author examines psychological oppression, which is often overlooked as a consequence of sexual and identity politics, which is revealed in Rousseau's Les Solitaires and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary. The author addresses logical problems for Rousseau and certain forms of contemporary difference feminisms. With the aid of Simone de Beauvoir's notions of liberty, the author proposes a way to use Rousseau's philosophies to overcome psychological oppression.