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The Confessions

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau

ISBN: 9780140440331
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Classics


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Argues against the inequality the author believed to be intrinsic to civilized society. This title features the first fifty-three years of his radical life, including his earliest years, where we can see the source of his belief in the innocence of childhood; and the development of his philosophical and political ideas.

 

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Widely regarded as the first modern autobiography, "The Confessions" is an astonishing work of acute psychological insight. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) argued passionately against the inequality he believed to be intrinsic to civilized society. In his "Confessions" he relives the first fifty-three years of his radical life with vivid immediacy - from his earliest years, where we can see the source of his belief in the innocence of childhood, through the development of his philosophical and political ideas, his struggle against the French authorities and exile from France following the publication of "Emile". Depicting a life of adventure, persecution, paranoia, and brilliant achievement, "The Confessions" is a landmark work by one of the greatest thinkers of the Enlightenment, which was a direct influence upon the work of Proust, Goethe and Tolstoy among others.
 
 

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