This book proposes a resolution to the paradox of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's sexual politics-that 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.
Tamela Ice teaches philosophy at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She has a Ph.D. in philosophy and a Graduate Certificate in women's studies.
Part 1 Chapter I: Rousseau's Philosophy of Servitude: 'Woman' Defined Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Rousseau's Identity Politics Part 4 Rousseau's Sexual Politics Part 5 Woman's Duties Part 6 The Education of 'Woman' Part 7 Concluding Remarks Part 8 Chapter II: The Other Side of the Paradox Part 9 Introduction Part 10 Contemporary Interpretations Part 11 Rousseau's Philosophical Orientation Part 12 Rousseau's Philosophical Projects and Works Part 13 Concluding Remarks Part 14 Chapter III: Rousseau and the Nineteenth Century Novel of Female Adultery: Alienation, Psychological Oppression, and Bad Faith in Rousseau and Flaubert Part 15 Introduction Part 16 Pyschological Oppression Part 17 Bad Faith Part 18 The Novel of Female Adultery Part 19 Rousseau's Adulterous Woman: Sophie Part 20 Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Emma Part 21 Concluding Remarks Part 22 Chapter IV: Rousseau and Simone de Beauvoir: Overcoming Alienation, Psychological Oppression and Bad Faith through Liberty Part 23 Introduction Part 24 Rousseau and Contemporary Feminism Part 25 Beauvoir's Rejection of Essentialism and Women's Responsibility Part 26 Liberty in Beauvoir and Rousseau Part 27 Beauvoir's Woman of Bad Faith: Monique