Jerry Combee and Martin Plax (essay date 1973)
SOURCE: Combee, Jerry, and Martin Plax. “Rousseau's Noble Savage and European Self-Consciousness.” Modern Age 17 (spring 1973): 173-82.
[In the following essay, Combee and Plax examines Rousseau's use of the Noble Savage as a vehicle to criticize European culture.]
Critical interpretations of Rousseau have commonly characterized him as either a revolutionary or a conservative romantic.1 The first interpretation, linking him with the French revolution, has generally seen him as a contributor to the development of a revolutionary consciousness and specifically as having been:
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