Rousseau in 60 Minutes

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ISBN/EAN: 9783741230080
Sprache: Englisch
Umfang: 112 S., 10.30 MB
Auflage: 1. Auflage 2016
Format: EPUB
DRM: Digitales Wasserzeichen


Rousseau possessed a brilliant mind and one that questioned every accepted value and idea. Whatever most were for, Rousseau was always against! He was against monarchy, against the church, against the status quo, against inequality, against traditional education, against marriage, and (of course) against technical progress and the destruction of Nature. Today we might call Rousseau a professional rabble-rouser. His contrariness was his trademark. He spent most of his life as a quasi-vagrant or a refugee. Sometimes it was the church, other times the government of one country or another that he had to flee from. But all arrest warrants were in vain. Through books like The Social Contract his radical demand for democracy prepared the ground for the French Revolution, and his famous discourses on Mans loss of contact with, and destruction of, Nature made him a pioneer also of ecological thought. The book Rousseau in 60 Minutes explains the thinkers core ideas, exemplified by over 70 quotations from his works. The seed for these ideas was planted one day when he was on in his way to see his friend Diderot in prison, reading a copy of the newspaper Mercure de France as he went. It announced a competition for the best essay on whether scientific and artistic progress had made people morally better. All the competitors answered yes. Except Rousseau. His answer was that Man is naturally good and became wicked only through being socialized and civilized. The noble savage ran free through the woods, but we pass our days in cramped offices and forfeit, each day, more of our instincts and our freedom. But above all, Rousseau pointed out, modern Man lives always in and for the gaze of other people. That is to say, we tend to dissolve more and more into the mainstream. Is Rousseau right here? Have we conformed too far? Have we forfeited our instincts? And above all: What can we do about it? The book forms part of the popular series Great Thinkers in 60 Minutes.


Walther Ziegler:Dr. Walther Ziegler is academically trained in the fields of philosophy, history and political science. As a foreign correspondent, reporter and newsroom coordinator for the German TV Station ProSieben he has produced films on every continent. His news reports have won several prizes and awards. He has also authored numerous books in the field of philosophy. His many years of experience as a journalist mean that he is able to present the complex ideas of the great philosophers in a way that is both engaging and very clear. Since 2007 he has also been active as a teacher and trainer of young TV journalists in Munich, holding the post of Academic Director at the Media Academy, an institute of higher education that offers film and TV courses at its base directly on the site of the major European film production company Bavaria Film.

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