Studies in Philosophy and Education

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 477–489 | Cite as

Rousseau’s Emile, or the Fear of Passions

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Abstract

Notwithstanding the general accepted understanding that Rousseau is the master of modern education reflecting the progress by enlightenment this articles suggests that Rousseau’s Emile is—as most of Rousseau’s other writings are, too—testimony to a brilliant and passionate writer expressing thoughts about his concern how to deal with passions—passion being one of the most disputed concepts in late seventeenth and in eighteenth century. The reading of Emile has therefore take into account polemic as a literary trope in Rousseau’s style of writing.

Keywords

Enlightenment Passion Rousseau Literary tropes History of education Philosophy of education 18th Century 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Campus WalferdangeUniversity of LuxembourgWalferdangeLuxembourg

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