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Hi, my name is Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Swiss-born French philosopher born June 28, 1712, Geneva, Switz. died July 2, 1778, Ermenonville, France

BIOGRAPHYOrphaned at an early age, he left home at sixteen, working as a tutor and musician before undertaking a literary career while in his forties. Rousseau sired but refused to support several illegitimate children and frequently initiated bitter quarrels with even the most supportive of his colleagues. His autobiographical Les Confessions offer a thorough account of his turbulent life

SITES.1. Google/Yahoo Images2. AP TEXT pg. 783-843. Britannica.com4.http://www.philosophypages.com/ph/rous.htm

SIGNIFICANCEHis thought marked the end of the Age of Reason. He propelled political and ethical thinking into new channels. His reforms revolutionized taste, first in music, then in the other arts. He had a profound impact on people’s way of life; he taught parents to take a new interest in their children and to educate them differently; he furthered the expression of emotion rather than polite restraint in friendship and love. He introduced the cult of religious sentiment among people who had discarded religious dogma. He opened men’s eyes to the beauties of nature, and he made liberty an object of almost universal aspiration.


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