Introduction to Jean Jacques Rousseau

Jean Jacques Rousseau

  • Born at Geneva and died in France, boyhood as vagabond, motherless, and neglected child cared by Uncle.
  • Spent large part of life in France.
  • His main writings are ‘Social Contract’ and ‘Discourses’ which influenced French Revolution(1789).
  • He mentioned popular sovereignty lying on ‘General will’ which came into existence through social contract. He gave his version of the state of nature as causes to the origin of the state where government of general will with popular sovereignty was accepted through social contract.

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