|Author/Contributor(s):||Rousseau, Jean Jacques ; Rosseau, Jean-Jacques ; Jimack, P D|
|Publisher:||Everyman Paperback Classics|
|Condition:||USED – Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and some moderate shelf wear.|
Rousseau was certain of man's natural goodness, yet he perceived a world in which that benevolence was obliterated: from birth to death, men were fashioned by artificial social constraints into conditions of servitude, mutual distrust and alienation.Changes had to be made, allowing this natural goodness unhindered development. Émile attempts to affect such changes, proposing the unprecedented doctrine that every stage of human growth--from birth to adulthood--is not only valid for future development, but is valid in itself. Such is the impact of this doctrine upon educational practice that it seems today mere commonsense.