Rousseau’s Maddening Legacy

by Charles Cherry

FEW MEN HAVE EXERTED the far-reaching influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.  In the eighteenth century, a time when the influence of writers dominated, Rousseau was most influential.  From educational and parenting theory and moral relativism to the political theories of Marx, the rise of totalitarianism, and revolutions from France to Russia, almost every ill of the modern age can trace its philosophical and spiritual roots to the writings and life of Jean-Jacques Rousseau.  How’s that for a legacy?

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