Antoine Hatzenberger's Rousseau et l'utopie: De l'Etat insulaire aux cosmotopies is a remarkably erudite study of the role that utopia plays in Rousseau's corpus. Hatzenberger aims to show that the question as to what extent Rousseau's oeuvre contains utopian undercurrents should be a central rather than marginal concern in Rousseau studies (9). According to the author, utopia was a source for many of Rousseau's political ideas, as well as a mode by which these ideas could be expressed (669). As such, Rousseau's work constitutes not so much a rejection of utopian models (as is often argued) but, rather, functions as a crossroads between classical and modern schemata thereof, between narrative utopias and socialist programs (20). Rousseau's contributions must therefore be regarded as having added a new dimension to existing utopian schemata insofar as he directly confronted the question as to if and how international relations could figure into the utopian...

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