Jack Dickerson

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Jean Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva, Switzerland on June 28, 1712. He of course lived most of life in France. He is known as one of the greatest figures of the "French Enlightenment." In life he was a philosopher, author, political theorist, and composer. His unique and revolutionary take on education was recognized when he wrote the L'Emile ou de l'education, which was intended to be illustrative of an educational program rather than prescriptive of every detail of proper education. Rousseau was either denounced or applauded as many things; such as the founder of the Romantic movement in literature, as the intellectual father of The French Revolution, as a passionate defender of freedom and property, as a socialist, etc.

Rousseau not only impacted the Government of the country he resided in, he also impacted many governments around the world, including the United States. His most influential idea was his idea of Social contract and the ideas of individual freedoms. He believed that people should consent to be governed and that in return, the government should promise to protect the individual right of people. He most importantly in support of basic human rights, and that people are entitled to them.

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