Rousseau's Dog In Rousseau's Dog , a delicious little history, David Edmonds and John Eidinow ( Wittgenstein's Poker ) dish up a juicy account of the feud… Rousseau's Dog In Rousseau's Dog , a delicious little history, David Edmonds and John Eidinow ( Wittgenstein's Poker ) dish up a juicy account of the feud… 2006-03-01 Nonfiction Ecco Press
Book Review

Rousseau's Dog (2006)

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A-

Details Release Date: Mar 01, 2006; Writers: David Edmonds, John Eidinow; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Ecco Press

In Rousseau's Dog, a delicious little history, David Edmonds and John Eidinow (Wittgenstein's Poker) dish up a juicy account of the feud between 18th-century philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and David Hume. Titans of the Enlightenment, the two fell out when, on scant evidence, the fiery and paranoid Rousseau — ''the philosopher of human misery'' — accused the mild-mannered Hume of secretly undermining him. Hume, worried about his reputation, responded by publishing a vindictive pamphlet that made Hume himself look worse than anything Rousseau could have dreamed up. The bizarre, very public spat — nasty, personal, and unbelievably petty — would make Paris and Nicole blush.

Originally posted Mar 10, 2006 Published in issue #868 Mar 17, 2006 Order article reprints