Studies in the History of Political Philosophy before and after Rousseau - Vol. 1

Studies in the History of Political Philosophy before and after Rousseau - Vol. 1

Studies in the History of Political Philosophy before and after Rousseau - Vol. 1

Studies in the History of Political Philosophy before and after Rousseau - Vol. 1

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Professor Vaughan was occupied with the history of Political Philosophy, and with the deeper problems--metaphysical, moral and religious--which lie behind it, from the time when he left Oxford to the beginning of his last illness. Though the work was frequently interrupted, and laid aside, sometimes for years together, the subject was constantly in his thoughts. The general plan of the book was recast from time to time, and most, if not all, of the chapters were re-written more than once. The one visible result of these labours so far published is his monumental edition of the Political Writings of Jean Jacques Rousseau. The present volumes contain the chapters before and after Rousseau.

The title Studies in the History of Political Philosophy before and after Rousseau is not Vaughan's. He does not appear to have decided on a title; when he referred to the book he spoke of it vaguely as 'a work on the History of Political Philosophy.' Had he lived to complete it, it would have contained the substance of his Introduction to the Political Writings of Jean Jacques Rousseau, and a chapter on Bentham and the Utilitarians. He was working on the latter at the time when he was taken ill, but it was not in a sufficiently advanced state to be made use of in these volumes. After consideration it has been decided not to reprint the Rousseau Introduction, but to include in the present volumes only unpublished matter. It should, however, be understood that Vaughan's work on Rousseau comes between Volume I. and Volume II.

Volume I. represents Vaughan's final version for the period before Rousseau. The six chapters which it comprises were rewritten between 1917 and 1921, as is explained more fully in the Memoir. They were left ready for press, and the work of the . . .

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