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.