Rousseau and Education According to Nature

Rousseau and Education According to Nature

Rousseau and Education According to Nature

Rousseau and Education According to Nature

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The Educational System of ROUSSEAU forms an integral part of a complete theory, or philosophy, of human life, individual, domestic, social, economic, political, and religious. This theory, again, is compounded of elements mainly derived from two sources, (1) a somewhat incoherent body of ideas and aspirations current in ROUSSEAU's time and in the centuries immediately preceding him, and (2) his own character, as formed by native endowment, education, and experience. The latter source makes a very large contribution; for among all writers of influence there is hardly one whose personality, that is, whose feelings, emotions, and tastes, enter for so much into his writings, as ROUSSEAU's. He is, above all, subjective, and, indeed, the apostle of subjectivism. This is what he stands for in history.

In order, then, to understand the pedagogics of ROUSSEAU, we must begin by making as clear as possible to ourselves that body of ideas and aspirations which gave form and direction to his thought, and then consider his experience and character, as furnishing the matter of the same. Having done this, we shall be in a position to account for his theory of . . .

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