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The Confessions - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Confessions
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When it was first published in 1781, The Confessions scandalised Europe with its emotional honesty and frank treatment of the author's sexual and intellectual development. Since then, it has had a more profound impact on European thought. Rousseau left posterity a model of the reflective life -... show more
When it was first published in 1781, The Confessions scandalised Europe with its emotional honesty and frank treatment of the author's sexual and intellectual development. Since then, it has had a more profound impact on European thought. Rousseau left posterity a model of the reflective life - the solitary, uncompromising individual, the enemy of servitude and habit and the selfish egoist who dedicates his life to a particular ideal. The Confessions recreates the world in which he progressed from incompetent engraver to grand success; his enthusiasm for experience, his love of nature, and his uncompromising character make him an ideal guide to eighteenth-century Europe, and he was the author of some of the most profound work ever written on the relation between the individual and the state.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781853264658 (1853264652)
Publisher: Wordsworth Classics of World Literature
Pages no: 645
Edition language: English
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4.0 Confessions (World's Classics)
Can you love a man who purchases a small girl to be raised by him and his friend for sexual purposes. My answer to that question is no but one can love or at least like-quite-a-bit his book.Rousseau is maybe not a great philosopher but was certainly a good one. His confessions reveal him as a trul...
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1.0 Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)
The jacket explains that this book was revolutionary when it was published, but it didn't move me at all. I found him a bit of a whinger, somewhat unsympathetic and naieve. The opening section was interesting, exploring how his character had been shaped by experiences when young, but it fell awfuly ...
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