- Recently I have been reading Jean-Jacques Rousseaus political treatise The Social Contract, published in 1762. In his political views, he was certainly more radical than most of his contemporaries.
- Yes, he was, indeed. For instance, he was probably the first person in his time to talk about popular sovereignty and democracy.
- Because of his radical views as such, he caused a great deal of controversy in eighteenth-century France.
A) His famous novel Emile tells the story of how a young man learns virtue and freedom.
B) I didnt know that he was better known for his writing on education and moral virtue.
C) We know that Enlightenment thinkers considered education key to human progress.
D) The Social Contract was the least understood of his works, wasnt it?
E) Obviously, he believed that legitimate authority arose from the people alone.