Jean-Jacques Rousseau World Literature Analysis - Essay

Jean-Jacques Rousseau World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Rousseau is one of the thinkers whose moral position prepared the way for the French Revolution. He proposed reforms in education, morals, politics, law, and even in religion. He consistently refused to accept the official responsibilities that were offered to him through the influence of highly placed admirers, many of whom were great ladies. Although his financial situation was increasingly precarious, he said he preferred to earn his living as a humble music copyist, even while his health was giving out, rather than lose his independence. One of his great moral principles was never to accept a legacy so as not to profit by the death of anyone who loved him. Rousseau’s contemporary Thomas Jefferson would have liked to see the...

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