Jean-Jacquas Rousseau was born on June 28, 1712. Rousseau lived in Geneva, Switzerland. Rousseau was one of the great philosophers during the Enlightenment in the 18th century. Rousseau wrote many novels, and inspired the romantic generation. Also inspired leaders from the French Revolution. Rousseau lived from 1712 to 1778.
Summary Of Ideas
Rousseau believed in individual freedom. Argued that civilization had curropted and ruined people's natural goodness. He believed in a democracy, government formed by the people. Argued that people should not have to give up some of their freedom to one individual. Hated the idea of one person having control over everyone, having a say in what they do, in their future. Encouraged the social contract. It is a settlement allowing free individuals the right to create a society and or government.
Impact on Society
Rousseau inspired many leaders from the French Revolution. And in doing so, overthrew the monarchy in 1789. He also inspired the romantic generation. Most of Rousseau inspiration came from the novels Rousseau wrote. He wrote Confessions, Discourse on Inequality, Emile or on Education and many more. His work inspired many people who have taken action and putting their selves first before all.
Challenged Traditional Beliefs
Once philosophers such as Rousseau, John Locke, Montesquieu and Voltaire were able to learn how to build technology and use machines was the day enlightenment thinkers changed most things. They then started learning how to do things and didn't leave these unknown acts to God. And in doing so people questioned their faith in their religion and in God, because what they once thought were acts of God were acts that any man smart enough could have accomplished.
"Patience is bitter, but it's fruit is sweet" This quote explains how the longer you wait the better it will be. How everything good takes time in life and all we can do is wait.