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Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)

Confessions (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
ISBN 13: 9780199540037
ISBN 10: 199540039
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008-07-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 720
List Price: $12.95

None can argue that Rousseau's ideas are among the most influential in all of world history. It was Rousseau, the Father of the Romantic Movement, who was responsible for introducing at least two modern-day thoughts that pervade academia: (1) Free expression of the creative spirit is more important than strict adhesion to formal rules and traditional procedures, and (2) Man is innately good but is corrupted by society and civilization.

The Confessions is Rousseau's landmark autobiography. Both brilliant and flawed, it is nonetheless beautifully written and remains one of the most moving human documents in all of literature. In this work, Rousseau "frankly and sincerely" settles accounts with himself in an effort to project his "true" image to the world. In so doing, he reveals the details of a man who paid little regard to accepted morality and social conventions.