Rousseau G.O. Hunter Jackson Per. 6

Biography and Views: Rousseau was a French philosopher, that lived from 1712-1778. He believed in enhancing knowledge and education to grow to be intelligent, but he also thought that doing this would damage our morals. He thought we would start off good, but then with influence of society we would become corrupted, bad. So, he wanted to know "how can humans be moral and free again?" He suggested that reforming the political system, then saying the already existing society has a majority of rich and powerful. He also wanted to have a small state modeled after the Ancient Greek polis, due to their actively participating community. He had also wanted to educate kids a lot different than normally done, having kids put out into the world to learn through experiences.

Works:Rousseau wrote "A Discourse in the Arts and Sciences"(1750), "A Discourse on the Origin of Inequality"(1755), and "The Social Contract" (1762)

Influence: Rousseau helped influence people and kids to learn through experiences, as well as helping influence of reforming and reworking the political system to include the community in politics, and be a active part of it.

Focus Questions Answered:

  1. Rousseau meant "general will" as the communities will ,having that will being implemented into his political theory, to have the community participate in the politics upon use of the theory.
  2. Some people see him as a precursor to tolaitarianism because how he wanted people to follow one way of life or thought, whereas people that saw him as a champion to democracy saw how he wanted the whole community to contribute to politics.
  3. Rousseau wanted kids to learn through experience.
  4. He believed we are good natured, but can be corrupted by society. This influenced his educational theory through he wanted kids to learn without society to corrupt them.
  5. Rousseau's educational theory will make people self interested, while his political theory makes people work for the society, making each theory almost contradictory of the other.

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