The Confessions [NOOK Book]

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Confessions is Rousseau's autobiography of sorts, which if you've never read it, might not sound so thrilling coming from a Romantic writer and philosopher from the Enlightenment era: oh, but it is. He's self-centered, yet uncensored, paranoid, yet lucid, dishonest, yet totally charming and brilliant.

This is considered by some to be the World's first modern autobiography, and like his philosophy, which would greatly influence the French ...
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The Confessions

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Overview

Confessions is Rousseau's autobiography of sorts, which if you've never read it, might not sound so thrilling coming from a Romantic writer and philosopher from the Enlightenment era: oh, but it is. He's self-centered, yet uncensored, paranoid, yet lucid, dishonest, yet totally charming and brilliant.

This is considered by some to be the World's first modern autobiography, and like his philosophy, which would greatly influence the French Revolution, many would soon imitate Rousseau's literary maneuver. His other works include Emile: or, On Education, which is a treatise on the education of the whole person for citizenship, and Julie, ou la nouvelle Héloïse, a novel which helped to launch romanticism in fiction. In Confessions Rousseau reveals his nature as the ultimate Romantic, before the term was even a term. He believed that man is noble by nature, and that we are placed on the Earth with a divine purpose to benefit of all mankind.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149811076
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 6/26/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 778 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2003

    The genius as egocentric nudnik

    This is a turning point book in Western civilization, a great landmark in the exploration and discovery of the Self. Rousseau goes into more intimate and petty detail about his life than anyone has ever done before. At times this is amusing, very often it is boring. What is surprising is that it is by any standards a revelation of the genius as such a contemptible person. This is revealed especially in his relation to his own children, who he does his best to be rid of as soon as possible, and his terrible relation to the mother of his children. This work opened the way to Romantic subjectivity and the modern making the self the center of Literature and the world. The question for the reader is how much of this they will be able to take before they begin to feel sick.

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    Jus wanna see what this looks like

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