Emile Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

Is Rousseau's book consistent with epistemological theories about knowledge coming from the senses? Does Rousseau design an education for Emile that is delivered through other channels? Use examples from the text.

Essay Topic 2

What is radical about "Emile"? Cite three examples of Rousseau's radical ideas for children and children's education that made "Emile" controversial in its day. Is his work still radical today?

Essay Topic 3

Do you think that it is better for childhood to be seen as a time in itself, which can be perfected in an education designed specifically for children, or is childhood a stage in the development of the adult, so that education should be designed to turn the child into a more mature version of itself?

Essay Topic 4

Rousseau proposes that tutors strike a number of different balances between extremes in "Emile". What balances does Rousseau urge tutors to strike? Are...

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