Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Confessions

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The Confessions

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The Confessions is Jean-Jacques Rousseau's landmark autobiography. Both brilliant and flawed, it is nonetheless beautifully written and remains one of the most moving human documents in all of literature. In this work, Rousseau ''frankly and sincerely'' settles accounts with himself in an effort to project his ''true'' image to the world. In so doing he reveals the details of a man who paid little regard to accepted morality and social conventions.

Dr. Johnson may have been correct in saying that ''Rousseau was a very bad man,'' but none can argue that his ideas are among the most influential in all of world history. It was Rousseau, the Father of the Romantic Movement, who was responsible for introducing at least two modern day thoughts that pervade academia: (1) Free expression of the creative spirit is more important than strict adhesion to formal rules and traditional procedures, and (2) Man is innately good but is corrupted by society and civilization.

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Rousseau's ideas have influenced almost every major political development of the last two hundred years, and are crucial to an understanding of phenomena as diverse as the French Revolution, modern educational theory, and the contemporary environmental movement. This is reason enough to draw attention to his startlingly alive autobiography. But the Confessions is also among the greatest self-portraits in world literature -which suggests, even more than the impact of Rousseau's thought, the extent to which the very high opinion he had of himself was ultimately justified.

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In his posthumously published Confessions Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) describes the first fifty-three years of his life. With a frankness at times almost disconcerting, but always refreshing, he set out to reveal the whole truth about himself to the world and succeeded in producing a masterpiece which has left its indelible imprint on the literature of successive generations, influencing among others Proust, Goethe and Tolstoy.

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