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Rousseau, Jean-Jacques

Line breaks: Jean-Jacques Rous|seau
Pronunciation: /ˈruːsəʊ
 
, ʀuso/

Definition of Rousseau, Jean-Jacques in English:

( 1712–78), French philosopher and writer, born in Switzerland. He believed that civilization warps the fundamental goodness of human nature, but that the ill effects can be moderated by active participation in democratic consensual politics. Notable works: Émile (1762) and The Social Contract (1762).

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