Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Mary Ann Glendon

in The Forum and the Tower

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782451
Published online February 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190252533 | DOI:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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This chapter focuses on Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who was one of the secular intellectuals who emerged in the eighteenth century to fill the vacuum left by the decline of clerical influence and who offered themselves as guides for the diagnosis and cure of social ills. Through his writings Rousseau challenged the scientific rationalism of Voltaire and other well-known intellectuals. In the space of twelve years, he produced a stream of works that made him the preeminent critic of modernity.

Keywords: philosophers; intellectuals; faith; reason; modernity

Chapter.  6250 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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