Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Most influential thinker during the 18th century

Facts

  • Born: June 28,1712
  • Died:July 2,1778
  • Nationality: Swiss(Switzerland)
  • Father of The French Revolution

Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Biography

  • Jean was a Genevan Philosopher,writer and composer of the 18th century.
  • His work had a profound impact on political theory.

beliefs on government

  • Rousseau believed that good government must have the freedom of all its citizens as its most fundamental objective.
  • Rousseau believed modern man’s enslavement to his own needs was responsible for all sorts of societal ills, from exploitation and domination of others to poor self-esteem and depression.
  • Jean impacted governments around the world with his idea of the social contract and the importance of individual freedoms.