47 thoughts on “POLITICAL THEORY – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  1. Had a pop quiz on this guy today. I went into the bathroom and watched this video. Took the quiz and got an A-. Would've gotten an A if you discussed the social contract 😛

  2. I stand corrected, but didn't this 'great man', who professed a love of nature and family a hypocrite? I have read that he dumped his illegitimate children at the doorstep at government orphanages , which were a guaranteed death sentence at the time. ref. Paul Johnson ~ The Intellectuals.

  3. I had no idea that in the 18th century, the aristocracy and maybe the middle class were so distanced from "warmth" in their lifestyle (I had no idea that it was common for rich moms not to breastfeed their babies)! His ideas were great, because it is true that technology and urban life can distract people from the simple beauty of life.

  4. I blame Rouseau now. For all the screwed up idealistic ideologies that exist today. Especially in education. He was an anarchist in disguise. He promotes anarchy, selfishness and lack of responsibility. he seduced too many with his ideas.

  5. This is probably the worst video ever on Rousseau. The narrator mentioned everything about Rousseau but his most important and enduring idea: Social Contract. Either the narrator made a mistake in not mentioning it or did it deliberately for reasons I can't think of at the moment. And I do believe that this channel is definitely trying to put a spin of its own on various philosophers which they may arguably have the right to do so but is quite disingenuous and misleading.

  6. Rousseau reminds me a little bit of ovid or virgil from Roman times. "Teaching people to know themselves"

  7. All Rousseau had to do was travel to one of the thousands of pre-technology Stone Age cultures that existed in his own time to realize his idealized notions about the 'noble savage' were crap, assuming he survived the experience without being eaten.

  8. If Rousseau's "Confessions" (AD 1782) is one of the first autobiographies, then what is Augustine's "Confessions" (AD 400).

  9. Youtube: "This video may be inappropriate for some users."

    I guess the AI filters don't much care for political philosophy?

  10. Rousseau is like your aunt who talks about how safe, happy, and morally upright America was in the 1950’s, ignoring all of the issues of the time.

  11. Great on the discourses, not much is said about them, but how do you expect to teach people about Rousseau without talking about the Social Contract?

  12. That breastfeeding bit was interesting. I didn't realise that Rousseau had promoted it. It's always best to breastfeed, whenever possible. …Makes you wonder how he managed to be such an awful parent himself.

  13. His thought does seem relevant today. We call it modern day but we seem to be more sick in the way we do things today.

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