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In 1766 philosopher novelist composer and political provocateur Jean Jacues Rousseau was a fugitive decried by his enemies as a dangerous madman Meanwhile David Hume now recognized as the foremost philosopher in the English language was being universally lauded as a paragon of decency And so Rousseau came to England with his beloved dog Sultan and wil I don't want to give any of the pleasures of this book away but it is a PERFECT example of Twain's dictum that people NEVER change It's the enlightenment and the players are Hume and Rousseau but what a disaster Not much enlightenment here Just a great example of smart people behaving just like the rest of us or in Rousseau's case far worse This Edmond's fellow is on to something and WITTGENSTEIN'S POKER just got jumped to near the front of the ueue You would NOT want to read two books like this back to back as you would give up on humanity as having any hope of going forward Barney Dannelke Censored recognized as the foremost philosopher in the English language was being universally lauded as a paragon of decency And so Rousseau came to England with his beloved dog Sultan and wil I don't want to give any of the pleasures of this book away but it is a PERFECT example of Twain's dictum that people NEVER change It's the enlightenment and the players are Hume and Rousseau but what a disaster Not much enlightenment here Just a great example of smart people behaving just like the さくら荘のペットな彼女 9 rest of us or in Rousseau's case far worse This Edmond's fellow is on to something and WITTGENSTEIN'S POKER just got jumped to near the front of the ueue You would NOT want to The Art of Not Breathing read two books like this back to back as you would give up on humanity as having any hope of going forward Barney Dannelke

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Of intellectual EuropeRousseau's Dog is the fascinating true story of the bitter and very public uarrel that turned the Age of Enlightenment's two most influential thinkers into deadliest of foes a most human tale of compassion treachery anger and revenge; of celebrity and its price; of shameless spin; of destroyed reputations and shattered friendshi What I've learned of philosophy was removed from history so I never realized before picking up this book that David Hume and Jean Jacues Rousseau were contemporaries let alone that they had a very public feud The book wasn't what I expected okay to be honest I expected an episode of the odd couple in which one of the protagonists denies causality But what I received instead was a well written painstakingly researched history with a solid thesis The authors occasionally step aside from the action and talk about the very different philosophies and personalities of our philosophers in order to explain how a childish feud could erupt between two very enlightened men The book is slow in the beginning and I actually set it aside for about a month but it has a good payoff and I intend to pick up another book by Edmonds and Eidinow Wittgenstein's PokerOh and I was also expecting the book to talk about Rousseau's dog Sultan They tie him into the conclusion but still Hoopers Pasture from Maine to Vermont revenge; of celebrity and its price; of shameless spin; of destroyed Censored reputations and shattered friendshi What I've learned of philosophy was さくら荘のペットな彼女 9 removed from history so I never The Art of Not Breathing realized before picking up this book that David Hume and Jean Jacues Rousseau were contemporaries let alone that they had a very public feud The book wasn't what I expected okay to be honest I expected an episode of the odd couple in which one of the protagonists denies causality But what I As Bees in Honey Drown received instead was a well written painstakingly Historic Hahns Peak researched history with a solid thesis The authors occasionally step aside from the action and talk about the very different philosophies and personalities of our philosophers in order to explain how a childish feud could erupt between two very enlightened men The book is slow in the beginning and I actually set it aside for about a month but it has a good payoff and I intend to pick up another book by Edmonds and Eidinow Wittgenstein's PokerOh and I was also expecting the book to talk about Rousseau's dog Sultan They tie him into the conclusion but still

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Lingly took refuge with his respected counterpart But within months the exile was loudly accusing his benefactor of plotting to dishonor him which prompted a most uncharacteristically violent response from Hume And so began a remarkable war of words and actions that ensnared many of the leading figures in British and French society and became the talk To think that two great philosophers and “men of reason” — David Hume and Jean Jacues Rousseau — could fall prey to their uncontrollable passions in the Age of Enlightenment make this an exceptionally interesting book The Scotsman David Hume was loved and adored in the famous “fashionable salons of France” than his home country of England whereas Jean Jacues Rousseau was feted followed and lionized in England and treated as a traitor by the French royalty and aristocracy Both men influenced the Age of Enlightenment and in Hume’s case the great scientific thinkers in the 18th 19th and 20th Century Little known fact Albert Einstein was reading and devouring Hume’s work just before he came up with the theory of relativity Einstein cites Hume’s work as influencing the physicist’s thoughts at a critical juncture in his professional life Rousseau’s literary work influenced all of the great writers educators and politicians since the late 1700’sThis book operates on many levels with the great irony noted herein above not lost on this reader History of the French salons and these two great philosopher’s life is just some of the gems mined from this work That Rousseau was a paranoid who suffered from delusions of persecution some real and some extraordinarily fantastic is without peradventure That Hume let his reasoning down by publishing an account of the war of letters between these two great thinkers is likewise without exaggeration “Why” is the uestion The only rationale explanation comes from the notion that both individuals were truly “modern” ushering in the current Age of Celebrity we are all suffering at presentThis particular non fiction book was a XmasWinter Holiday gift from a fellow member of the Second Tuesday of the Month “Gentlemen’s” Book Club I am forever grateful to that individual and to ALL members of said august group I would never have thought to pick this particular book up and read it This and other outstanding books and “raison de fraternite egalite and liberte” are why I cherish my membership in this particular Book Club Yes ‘tis a great and wondrous reading life made so much better and interesting with readers like you in it Rock on mis Amigas and Amigos Six-Moon Trail refuge with his Como Abrir Mentes Fechadas respected counterpart But within months the exile was loudly accusing his benefactor of plotting to dishonor him which prompted a most uncharacteristically violent The Harlem Hellfighters response from Hume And so began a Longman Introductory Course for the TOEFL Test remarkable war of words and actions that ensnared many of the leading figures in British and 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fiction book was a XmasWinter Holiday gift from a fellow member of the Second Tuesday of the Month “Gentlemen’s” Book Club I am forever grateful to that individual and to ALL members of said august group I would never have thought to pick this particular book up and Leftover Dead (Trailer Park Mystery, read it This and other outstanding books and “raison de fraternite egalite and liberte” are why I cherish my membership in this particular Book Club Yes ‘tis a great and wondrous Witcheskin reading life made so much better and interesting with The Witches readers like you in it Rock on mis Amigas and Amigos


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  1. says:

    I admit it I generally enjoy short philosophy lite books like ROUSSEAU’S DOG Edmund and Eidinow’s earlier WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER was no masterpiece But it was hugely fun So naturally I looked forward to ROUSSEAU’S DOG But DOG is a disappointment It may not be the fault of the authors It might be that the subject matter just did not sit well with me There is something about the falling out between David Hume and Jean Jacues Rousseau that is unpleasant and tawdry Edmund and Eidinow expose Rousseau and Hume at their worst Especially Hume who seems to have been a likable and sensible person most of his life But not here Here he comes off as petty and back stabbing To set the stage Hume and Rousseau were contemporaries They were very unlike one another in temperament and philosophical thought Yet they are two of the most conseuential philosophers in the entire western tradition Hume and Rousseau were both products of the Enlightenment Hume is often described as the greatest of the English speaking philosophers He was the grandmaster of the Enlightenment’s tradition of Rational Skepticism He epitomized the Enlightenment’s assumption that the careful analysis of philosophical problems can improve the uality of our thinking and lead us to purge superstition and backwards institutions That in turn will improve the uality of our lives Rousseau popularized the notion that government is predicated on a social contract But importantly he uestioned the Enlightenment’s assumption that the human condition is improved by civilization and culture He embraced religious experience though curiously it was religion without God nature and the emotional experience of life He planted the seeds that became the Romantic Movement after his death It is difficult to assess which has been influential Both are hugely so But it might be fair to generalize that Hume has had greater influence in the US and United Kingdom and Rousseau has had on the continent Though they pursued very different philosophical projects their falling out had nothing to do with differences in their philosophies though there were many The falling out pretty much had to do with Rousseau’s nuttiness and then was exacerbated by Hume’s misplaced concern for his personal reputation Here in short is what went down Rousseau was constantly in trouble with the censors in Switzerland and France He often was in peril of going to jail for his writing which inaccurately was deemed anti religious During such a period a common friend prevailed on Hume to help Rousseau Hume did and offered to bring Rousseau with him back to England where the censors had little power and Rousseau could write in peace At first they got on well but Hume’s correspondence shows that it did not take long before he found Rousseau to be a burden What Hume had not known was that Rousseau was a schizophrenic hypochondriac whose life careened from paranoid episode to paranoid episode An unrestrained drama ueen Rousseau could not get along with other people In fact Rousseau had a dog named Sultan But the dog to whom the title of the book refers is not Sultan but rather is a metaphor for Rousseau’s mental illness You see Rousseau had two dogs Sultan and his illness Predictably soon after arriving in England Rousseau began to suspect that Hume had lured him there to take advantage in some vague way Things went downhill from there The lone surprise here was how badly Hume over reacted Fearing that Rousseau might write an unflattering account of the episode Hume began corresponding with common friends and influential third parties in an effort to undermine Rousseau Hume comes off badly in this correspondence And in retrospect it seems so foolish Even then many friends advised Hume to leave it alone and he would be judged fairly That was good advice Hume had done nothing to give Rousseau any legitimate grievance Posterity has mostly judged Hume kindly He is widely regarded as having been a good natured and generous man But that is not how Edmund and Eidinow portray him To provide dramatic tension for their book they seem to want Hume to appear eually at fault with Rousseau But it does not work There is no genuine tension in ROUSSEAU'S DOG Mostly because it does not matter Unlike WITTGENSTEIN’S POKER where the violent argument between Wittgenstein and Popper was all about their philosophical differences the falling out between Rousseau and Hume is completely disconnected from their work In the end I was left thinking that I would be happier knowing less about this lowly chapter in the lives of two men whose philosophy I admire greatly


  2. says:

    The dog's tailThe second dognonot Sultan of Rousseauthe dog that always barked and led to the tarnishing of many prominent names This is the story of that dog Well The problem with this dog was that it was undomesticated It barked at anyone and everyone But it's not this dog that caused the problems that are discussed in this bookthe problems which covered decades and multiple renowned personalities It might have been a minor causenot the whole dog but may be it's tail It seemed that being sensitive and mentally weak is a virtuethat others should bear the burden if a man behaves out of his paranoid feelings It's acceptable at a personal levelbut when it occurs at a social levelis it acceptable? Doesn't one have to give evidence so as to clear his name? I'm not as acuainted with Rousseau's works as I am with Hume's From Hume's own autobiography and from other materialsI was under the impression that he is a gentleman among philosophers This book presents him in a slightly different color Well researched and well presentedthis book offers a really interesting view of the lives of both philosophers HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


  3. says:

    I don't want to give any of the pleasures of this book away but it is a PERFECT example of Twain's dictum that people NEVER change It's the enlightenment and the players are Hume and Rousseau but what a disaster Not much enlightenment here Just a great example of smart people behaving just like the rest of us or in Rousseau's case far worse This Edmond's fellow is on to something and WITTGENSTEIN'S POKER just got jumped to near the front of the ueue You would NOT want to read two books like this back to back as you would give up on humanity as having any hope of going forward Barney Dannelke


  4. says:

    I think I learned about Rousseau's and Hume's philosophies from this book than from anything else I had read about them including some of their own works Edmonds and Eidinow manage to take philosophy and work it into an intriguing story of two very opposite personalities This was a fun read if a bit dense; however it was certainly less dense than the work of either Rousseau and Hume It has also made me want to read the works of both men and inspired me to want to read Boswell's Life of Johnson


  5. says:

    I was thoroughly enjoying this book until it came to the actual uarrel between Rousseau and Hume which was not two thinkers at war but two men in emotional distress in a way that's not fun to read aboutMeticulous research extensive uotes from letters good writing even handedness and an inherently interesting subject don't make up for the sheer pain of Rousseau's paranoia and Hume's distress and indignation as a response to being accused of treachery


  6. says:

    To think that two great philosophers and “men of reason” — David Hume and Jean Jacues Rousseau — could fall prey to their uncontrollable passions in the Age of Enlightenment make this an exceptionally interesting book The Scotsman David Hume was loved and adored in the famous “fashionable salons of France” than his home country of England whereas Jean Jacues Rousseau was feted followed and lionized in England and treated as a traitor by the French royalty and aristocracy Both men influenced the Age of Enlightenment and in Hume’s case the great scientific thinkers in the 18th 19th and 20th Century Little known fact Albert Einstein was reading and devouring Hume’s work just before he came up with the theory of relativity Einstein cites Hume’s work as influencing the physicist’s thoughts at a critical juncture in his professional life Rousseau’s literary work influenced all of the great writers educators and politicians since the late 1700’sThis book operates on many levels with the great irony noted herein above not lost on this reader History of the French salons and these two great philosopher’s life is just some of the gems mined from this work That Rousseau was a paranoid who suffered from delusions of persecution some real and some extraordinarily fantastic is without peradventure That Hume let his reasoning down by publishing an account of the war of letters between these two great thinkers is likewise without exaggeration “Why” is the uestion The only rationale explanation comes from the notion that both individuals were truly “modern” ushering in the current Age of Celebrity we are all suffering at presentThis particular non fiction book was a XmasWinter Holiday gift from a fellow member of the Second Tuesday of the Month “Gentlemen’s” Book Club I am forever grateful to that individual and to ALL members of said august group I would never have thought to pick this particular book up and read it This and other outstanding books and “raison de fraternite egalite and liberte” are why I cherish my membership in this particular Book Club Yes ‘tis a great and wondrous reading life made so much better and interesting with readers like you in it Rock on mis Amigas and Amigos


  7. says:

    What I've learned of philosophy was removed from history so I never realized before picking up this book that David Hume and Jean Jacues Rousseau were contemporaries let alone that they had a very public feud The book wasn't what I expected okay to be honest I expected an episode of the odd couple in which one of the protagonists denies causality But what I received instead was a well written painstakingly researched history with a solid thesis The authors occasionally step aside from the action and talk about the very different philosophies and personalities of our philosophers in order to explain how a childish feud could erupt between two very enlightened men The book is slow in the beginning and I actually set it aside for about a month but it has a good payoff and I intend to pick up another book by Edmonds and Eidinow Wittgenstein's PokerOh and I was also expecting the book to talk about Rousseau's dog Sultan They tie him into the conclusion but still


  8. says:

    I admit that I was less interested in how well Rousseau and Hume got along or didn't get along than I was in comparisons of their philosophywhich was scarce in this book


  9. says:

    Really entertaining full or references to other works good overview full gallery of prominent names of the period very nice


  10. says:

    What a complicated story and what mass of letters the writers of this book must have had to findlocate and read and then did they really re read Hume and Rousseau? I have my doubts on that point as there seems to be so little of the philosophy and the ideas of both men in that book and for that matter so little about his dog We learn he had a first dog who died and he was heart broken then he got a second one and named him SULTAN and the dog is mentioned here and there but really not enough to deserve a mention in the title Of course there is always the possibility that HUME was Rousseau's dog The writers would see Rousseau manipulating and mistreating the Scottish writer and philosopher and treating him like a dog? But then Sultan is treated very well and loved always So not sure this can be the comparisonIn any case it is at the same time fascinating and totally forgettable Did Walpole write the famous Letter of the King of Prussia was he sorry for it did he acknowledge this to Hume did he apologize for it when he wrote the letter to Hume did he know that Hume would make the letter or rather part of the letter public? WHO CARES??????????????????In a way I care as Rousseau was mentioned so many times when I grew up in France I had to read his book I went to Ermenonville to see where he ended and was buried but then taken out and moved to a better place with a bigger recognition in France And therefore I know enough about all these characters writing and uestioning and answering to be interested But hey after reading the whole book I still think that Rousseau was a cry baby who exploited Therese LeVasseur wrote about education but did not have any and did not give any as he abandoned five children to the orphanage FIVE He was the opposite of a feminist and thought that women were sensitiveBut despite all this I was still interested to read that Hume thought Rousseau had not read much in his life and to hear about all the adventures including his encounter with the grand father of Charles Darwin Erasmus Darwin Of course by then Rousseau was so paranoid that meeting this man who obviously had positioned himself in the woods to meet the fabled philosopher and amateur botanist he treated him shamelessly and Darwin swore never to be on Rousseau's path againSo in truth I cannot recommend the book to anybody but I did enjoy the read in a very twisted way