Historical Period: The 18th Century
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was a Swiss philosopher and novelist who was an important figure in the Enlightenment. In his novels and discourses he claimed that civilization had weakened the natural liberty of mankind and that a truly free society would be the expression of the “general will” of all members of that society. He influenced later thinkers on both ends of the political spectrum.
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Quotes from Jean-Jacques Rousseau:
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau on the tendency of governments to move into tyranny
Titles from Jean-Jacques Rousseau: