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Emile

Emile

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by Jean Jacques Rousseau
     
 

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A clear, readable, and highly engrossing translation of Rousseau's masterpiece on the education and training of the young.... Some of the profound contradictions in Rousseau's life found their way into his political philosophy, which is meant to show the way to freedom and equality but finds true freedom in the submission of the individual to the 'general will.'

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A clear, readable, and highly engrossing translation of Rousseau's masterpiece on the education and training of the young.... Some of the profound contradictions in Rousseau's life found their way into his political philosophy, which is meant to show the way to freedom and equality but finds true freedom in the submission of the individual to the 'general will.' Rousseau has been seen as both the champion of revolution and individual liberty and the harbinger of 20th-century totalitarianism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781162661131
Publisher:
Kessinger Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.77(d)

Meet the Author

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778) was a Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of the 18th century. His political philosophy influenced the French Revolution as well as the overall development of modern political, sociological, and educational thought.

Rousseau's novel Émile, or On Education is a treatise on the education of the whole person for citizenship. His sentimental novel Julie, or the New Heloise was of importance to the development of pre-romanticism and romanticism in fiction. Rousseau's autobiographical writings - his Confessions, which initiated the modern autobiography, and his Reveries of a Solitary Walker - exemplified the late 18th-century movement known as the Age of Sensibility, and featured an increased focus on subjectivity and introspection that later characterized modern writing.

His Discourse on the Origin of Inequality and his On the Social Contract are cornerstones in modern political and social thought. He argued that private property was conventional and the beginning of true civil society.

Rousseau was a successful composer of music, who wrote seven operas as well as music in other forms, and made contributions to music as a theorist. As a composer, his music was a blend of the late Baroque style and the emergent Classical fashion, and he belongs to the same generation of transitional composers as Christoph Willibald Gluck and C.P.E. Bach. One of his more well-known works is the one-act opera Le devin du village, containing the duet "Non, Colette n'est point trompeuse" which was later rearranged as a standalone song by Beethoven.

During the period of the French Revolution, Rousseau was the most popular of the philosophes among members of the Jacobin Club. Rousseau was interred as a national hero in the Panthéon in Paris, in 1794, 16 years after his death..

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Emile (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are considering reading Rousseau's EMILE, do. It is an integral work that is worthy of your critical and careful reflection and study. This ubiquitous translation is, nonetheless, incredibly misleading. It reads into the text what is not in the French. Take, for instance, the famous, and indubitoubly important first sentence. 'Tout est bien'--All is well/everything is good as it leaves the hands of the author of things. This is NOT 'God makes everything good'. Read Allan Bloom's translation, instead. Which is the indisputibly eminent English edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classical, missed it in college
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books, I return to it again and again. This is a very nice version too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic version of this classic work. Very well done translation. Whoever gave it one star must have a different version, not this version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago