Political Sovereignty and Law. Robespierre and the French Revolution of the 18th Century. De l’éducation, on education.

Emile or a lesson in civics

The work tackles fundamental political and philosophical questions about the relationship between the individual and society — how, in particular, the individual might retain what Rousseau saw as innate human goodness while remaining part of a corrupting collectivity. Its opening sentence begins with: “Everything is good as it leaves the hands of the Author of things; everything degenerates in the hands of man”. More later…

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