Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Open Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Political Science, PhD


School of Social Science, Politics, and Evaluation

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

James Nichols

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Mark Blitz

Dissertation or Thesis Committee Member

Susan McWilliams

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Rights Information

© 2023 Trevor M Shunk

Subject Categories

Political Science


Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a philosopher who cared about nonphilosophers. He intervened in circumstances where he saw nonphilosophers in danger, such as with the Lettre à d’Alembert , and he wrote enchanting stories for them, such as Julie . His overarching concern in these books was what he perceived as a loss of virtue or virtue undermined by contemporary trends in the theater and in the literary world. His writings were radical in their originality: the Lettre à d’Alembert condemned popular spectacles and Julie departed from the norm for novels. Rousseau denounced other philosophers for irresponsibility among nonphilosophers in relation to forms of amusement and sought to exemplify appropriate action with his own pen.