Rousseau’s Dog

John Eidinow

From the bestselling authors of Wittgenstein’s Poker, the quarrel that shocked the world of Enlightenment.

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau – philosopher, novelist, composer, educationist, political provocateur – was on the run. He was fleeing intolerance, persecution, and enemies who proclaimed him a madman, dangerous to society. David Hume, the foremost philosopher in the English language, universally praised as a model of decency, came to his aid. He brought Rousseau and his beloved little dog Sultan to England. And then it all went horribly wrong.

In Rousseau’s Dog, David Edmonds and John Eidinow bring their narrative verve to the bitter quarrel that turned these two Enlightenment giants into mortal foes. And it is a very human story of compassion, treachery, anger and revenge.

Critic Reviews

Wonderfully readable and absorbing ... A highly enjoyable book, richly informative and entertaining, written with easy lucidity and obvious relish.

A. C. Grayling, Literary Review
Critic Reviews

Has all the zest and detail of good gossip ... but it is just as lively when dealing with the more profound roots of their row.

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
Critic Reviews

A delight to read ... Never less than lucid and cogent.

Tim Blanning, Sunday Telegraph