Conference: Rousseau's Tricentennial 1712 - 2012

Conference: Rousseau’s Tricentennial 1712 – 2012

Conference: Rousseau’s Tricentennial 1712 – 2012

Rousseau and the Great Thinkers

Rousseau Nature and Culture

The Graduate Center, CUNY – New York University – Université Paris Descartes-Sorbonne (PHILéPOL)

November 2, 2012

The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Street, The Skylight Room (9100)

November 3, 2012

La Maison Française of NYU (16 Washington Mews, off University Place between 8th Street and Washington Square North)


Conference Organizers
Anne Deneys-Tunney, Helena Rosenblatt and Yves Charles Zarka
An International Conference funded by the generous support of The Graduate Center, CUNY, The Humanities Initiative at NYU, the NYU Department of French, The Center for French Civilization and Culture (NYU), The Center PHILéPOL of the University Paris Descartes – Sorbonne, The Consulate General of Switzerland, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Vacheron Constantin, Air France

Rousseau and the Great Thinkers

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave., between 34th and 35th Streets
The Skylight Room (9100)

Helena Rosenblatt (Graduate Center, CUNY) Welcome

Maurizio Viroli (Princeton), Rousseau and Machiavelli
James Miller (New School), Rousseau and Montaigne
Richard Tuck (Harvard), Rousseau and Hobbes

Bryan Garsten (Yale), Rousseau and Rameau
David Sorkin (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Rousseau and Mendelssohn

Anthony LaVopa (North Carolina State University), Rousseau and A.L. Thomas
Barbara Taylor (University of East London), Rousseau and Wollstonecraft

Jonathan Israel (Institute for Advanced Study), Rousseau and the philosophes
Benjamin Barber (CivWorld), Rousseau and Burke

Jerrold Seigel (NYU), Rousseau and Marx
David Bates (Berkeley), Rousseau and Schmitt

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Switzerland, Vacheron Constantin, and the Ph.D. Program in History

Rousseau Nature and Culture

Saturday November 3, 2012

La Maison Française of NYU
16 Washington Mews
off University Place, between 8th Street and Washington Square North

Anne Deneys-Tunney and Yves Charles Zarka, Opening Remarks

9:30-11:15: Man in Relation to Nature
Lucien Nouis (NYU), “Livre de la nature et livres des hommes”
Rudy Le Menthéour (Bryn Mawr), “A sort of Nature: Rousseau’s Theory of Approximation”
Pierre Saint-Amand (Brown University), “Late Botany: Rousseau’s Vegetal Reverie”

11:30-1:15: Man in Relation to Himself
Guillemette Johnston (De Paul), “Amour-propre and amour de soi: Instinctive and Introverted Languages of Culture and Integration in the Educational Philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau”
Masano Yamashita, (University of Colorado, Boulder), “Love as Habit in Rousseau”
Christophe Martin, (Université Paris IV, La Sorbonne), ” ‘La nature a tout fait mais sous ma direction’: Nature and Supplement in La Nouvelle Héloïse”

2:30-4:15: Man in Relation to Others

Mira Morgenstern (The Graduate Center, CUNY), “Alienation and Freedom: Rousseau and Transcending the Nature/Culture Dualism”
Robert Stam (NYU), “Rousseau and the Brazilian Indian: From Jean de Léry to Lévi-Strauss”
Paul Audi (Paris), “Rousseau’s Ethical Freedom”
Anne Deneys-Tunney (NYU), “Is technology against nature?”

4:15- 6:30: Man in Relation to Power
Simon Critchley (The New School for Social Research), “Politics and Religion in ‘The Social Contract’ ”
Pasquale Pasquino (NYU), “Rousseau’s Dictatorship – Between Machiavelli and Carl Schmitt”
Yves Charles Zarka (Sorbonne, Université Paris Descartes), “Le langage dans son rapport à la liberté et à la servitude chez Rousseau”