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Jean-Jacques Rousseau
     

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

by Matthew Josephson
 

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

French author and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) published The Social Contract,Discourse of Inequality, Émile and many other great works and ideas that have profoundly influenced modern education, politics and psychology theories.

The passage from the state of nature to the civil state produces a very remarkable

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

French author and philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) published The Social Contract,Discourse of Inequality, Émile and many other great works and ideas that have profoundly influenced modern education, politics and psychology theories.

The passage from the state of nature to the civil state produces a very remarkable change in man, by substituting justice for instinct in his conduct, and giving his actions the morality they had formerly lacked.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1762

JJ Rousseau broke away from the authoritarianism and rationalism of his day to champion inborn human rights and native intuition.

Lowell Bair Translator of French literature

His works as a political philosopher influenced and fascinated minds as different as those of Hume, Kant, Goethe, Byron, Shiller and in recent times John Dewey and Claude Levi-Strauss.

Mathew Josephson. The Essential Rousseau. Plume Books 1974

About the Author

Since his early life Matthew Josephson (1899-1978) showned extreme versatility: he wrote poetry, extensive biographies (Zola, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Stendhal and Edison) essays on political issues, newspaper articles, personal chronicles (Life Among the Surrealists: A Memoir) . Today he is best known as the author of The Robber Barons, He was also an experienced and successful Wall Street broker and businessman.

Josephson's chief concerns were nineteenth-century French literature and twentieth-century American capitalism. In the 1920's he lived in Paris and Berlin where he became acquainted with the European Dadaists and Surrealists suchas Paul Eluard, André Breton, Louis Aragon, and Max Ernst.

David E. Shi.Matthew Josephson, Bourgeois Bohemian, Yale University, 1981

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977472420
Publisher:
Jorge Pinto Books
Publication date:
09/15/2006
Pages:
564
Product dimensions:
1.26(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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