Rousseau on Education

10 Oct, 2019 370 Education

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) on the education of children, as set out in his novel or treatise Emile, published in 1762. He held that children are born with natural goodness, which he sought to protect as they developed, allowing each to form their own conclusions from experience, avoiding the domineering influence of others. In particular, he was keen to stop infants forming the view that human relations were based on domination and subordination. Rousseau viewed Emile as his most imporant work, and it became very influential. It was also banned and burned, and Rousseau was attacked for not following these principles with his own children, who he abandoned, and for proposing a subordinate role for women in this scheme.

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  • Richard Whatmore 6 episodes
    Professor of Modern History at the University of St Andrews and Co-Director of the St Andrews Institute of Intellectual History
  • Caroline Warman 4 episodes
    Professor of French Literature and Thought at Jesus College, Oxford
  • Denis McManus 2 episodes
    Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton

Reading list

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    Isabelle de Charriere (trans. Joan Stewart Hinde) (Modern Language Association of America, 1993) Google Books →
  • Letters from Mistress Henley Published by Her Friend
    Isabelle de Charriere (trans. Caroline Warman) (Penguin, 2012) Google Books →
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    Maurice Cranston (Norton, 1982) Google Books →
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    Maurice Cranston (University of Chicago Press, 1991) Google Books →
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    Maurice Cranston (University of Chicago Press, 1997) Google Books →
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    Leo Damrosch (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005) Google Books →
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    Nicholas Dent (Routledge, 2005) Google Books →
  • Rousseau: Emile
    Peter Jimack (Grant and Cutler, 1983) Google Books →
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    Patrick Riley (Cambridge University Press, 2001) Google Books →
  • Emile, or On Education
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (trans. Allan Bloom) (Penguin, 1991) Google Books →
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    Bernardin de Saint-Pierre (trans. Helen Maria Williams) (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012) Google Books →
  • Rousseau
    Celine Spector (Polity, 2019) Google Books →
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    Robert Wokler (Oxford University Press, 2001) Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello. In 1762, Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote Émile or On Education, which he considered his greatest work.