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The Revolutionary Jean Jacques Rousseau
"Brilliant, candid and at times supremely hypocritical Rousseau influenced a wide range of leaders and their policies, from Thomas Jefferson to Joseph Stalin. How well do you remember his life and writings?"
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How does Rousseau describe man in his primal, natural state?
A blank slate
Solitary, nasty and brutish
A Noble Savage
Rousseau felt that social living corrupted us leading to such ills as private property and social classes. Which of the following is his famous phrase arising from this reasoning?
Man was born free, but he is everywhere in chains.
Put the child in his place and keep him there.
Workers of the world unite!
Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.
What was Rousseau's remedy for the corruption and slavery of civilized society?
A new social contract
In Rousseau's view, what would constitute true liberty?
Submission to the "general will" of the citizenry.
Replacement of autocratic governments by Athenian style democracy.
Free enterprise, unrestrained by government interference.
A Republic in which there is universal sufferage (for property owning males).
If an individual was unwilling to adhere to particular precepts and standards of the state Rousseau envisaged, how would this be handled?
Tolerance would be the guiding principal.
The individual would be ostracized but not otherwise hindered.
The individual would be enrolled in a voluntary educational program.
Punishment would be administered to force the individual to adhere.
In Rousseau's writings he argued for a humane and loving approach to children. How could his relationship with his own children be characterized?
He was childless.
Loving and supportive.
He placed the five children he produced with his mistress in orphanages
Stormy at times but generally positive.
A friend once observed what transpired after a child accidentally kicked a ball into Rousseau's leg. Rousseau became enraged and chased the child, attempting to strike the youngster with his cane.
At age sixteen, when rightly accused of stealing from a wealthy employer how did Rousseau respond?
He intially denied the crime but then admitted it and made restitution.
He blamed a maid and remained silent when she was punished.
He immediately confessed.
He ran away but not before returning the stolen items.
Rousseau married his mistress only after many years. He claimed he never loved her.
Rousseau had a number of detractors among whom Rousseau himself should be included. What was the title of his seemingly candid autobiography?
My Life and Times
The Triumph of Reason
If You're Paranoid, You Only Have To Be Right Once
The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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