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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) is a 18th century philosopher. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution. His writings had a deep impact on the modern political, sociological and educational thought.

Émile: or, On Education (1762), a novel, is a treatise on the whole education of an individual for citizenship. Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloïse (1761), a novel which achieved great success when published, was of importance to the romanticism in fiction with its countryside descriptions. Rousseau's autobiographical writings marked a focus on subjectivity and introspection that has since permeated the whole modern era. His Discourse on the Origin of Inequality (1754), where he holds that in the natural state, morals are uncorrupted, and his On the Social Contract (1762), which describes the relationship of man with society, are cornerstones in modern political and social thought.

He died in 1778 at the age of 66.

Random Quote/Passage:

 "Ceux qui distinguent l’intolérance civile et l’intolérance théologique se trompent, à mon avis. Ces deux intolérances sont inséparables. Il est impossible de vivre en paix avec des gens qu’on croit damnés ; les aimer serait haïr Dieu qui les punit ; il faut absolument qu’on les ramène ou qu’on les tourmente. "
"Those who make a distinction between civil intolerance and theological intolerance deceive themselves, to my mind. These two intolerances are inseparable. It is impossible to live in peace with people whom one believes to be damned; to love them is to hate God who punishes them; they must be redeemed or else tortured. "
Du Contrat Social (The Social Contract) - Vol 2 (of 2) - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Available Titles in French - English Bilingual Edition (Project Bilingual)

Du Contrat Social (The Social Contract) - Vol 1 (of 2)

L'Inégalité Parmi Les Hommes (The Inequality Among Mankind)

Du Contrat Social (The Social Contract) - Vol 2 (of 2)

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