* Rousseau, a philosopher, greatly influenced the 18th century and wrote the Social Contract and Emile.
* Rousseau's work inspired extreme reactions and is the most read author of 18th century France.
* Rousseau was born in Geneva in 1712 and eventually moved to Paris.
* Rousseau's book Emile was condemned by the French Parliament in 1762.
* Rousseau fled France in 1762 and died in 1778.
* Many traditions conflicted in the philosophical circles of the 18th century.
* Hobbes, Spinoza and Locke were philosophers that started casting doubt of the teachings of the absolute truth of Christian doctrine.
* Philosophers of that time tried to avoid metaphysical disputes.
* Rousseau's work is a mixture of contemporary and ancient philosophy.
* The First Discourse argues that popular enlightenment, including the arts and sciences corrupts morality.
* The Second Discourse examines the state of nature of modern society and that of ancient societies.
* Rousseau thinks the Academies should prevent the spread of...
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