|This picture has little to do with Rousseau, but its a great|
shot of my beautiful wife at the Jet D'eau in Geneva
Rousseau worked a series of administrative posts through his twenties and early thirties which culminated with his arrival in Paris in 1744. During these years Rousseau fathered five children by a mistress, but had them all given up to a foundling hospital. There is no record of any of the children surviving to adulthood. Therefore apparently Not a Calvinist (or a Catholic for that matter).
|Early printing of Rousseau's|
|Jean Jacques in his furry cap stage|
Historian Kingsley Martin summarized Rousseau's influence in this way,
"In truth," Rousseau was a genius whose real influence cannot be traced with precision because it pervaded all the thought that followed him....Men will always be sharply divided about Rousseau: for he released imagination as well as sentimentalism;; he increased men’s desire for justice as well as confusing their minds , and he gave the poor hope even though the rich could make use of his arguments. In one direction at least Rousseau’s influence was a steady one: he discredited force as a basis for the State, convinced men that authority was legitimate only when founded in rational consent and that no arguments from passing expediency could justify a government in disregarding individual freedom or in failing to promote social equality
|Statue of Rousseau in his birthplace of Geneva|
The following brief quote seems to be a decent summary of the understanding of human nature that Rousseau built his life and philosophy upon.
|Rousseau's tomb in the crypt below the Pantheon in Paris|
|Your blogger at the Pantheon|