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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:

 
 "De quoi s'agit-il donc précisément dans ce discours? De marquer dans le progrès des choses le moment où, le droit succédant à la violence, la nature fut soumise à la loi; d'expliquer par quel enchaînement de prodiges le fort put se résoudre à servir le faible, et le peuple à acheter un repos en idée au prix d'une félicité réelle."
"What therefore is precisely the subject of this discourse? It is to point out, in the progress of things, that moment, when, right taking place of violence, nature became subject to law; to display that chain of surprising events, in consequence of which the strong submitted to serve the weak, and the people to purchase imaginary ease, at the expense of real happiness."
 
 
L'Inégalité Parmi Les Hommes (The Inequality Among Mankind) - 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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