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Questions tagged [jean-jacques-rousseau]

Questions about the Genevan philosopher, writer and musician Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778) and his works. He wrote the epistolary novel 'Julie ou la Nouvelle Héloïse' (1761) and treatises such as 'Discours sur l'origine et les fondements de l'inégalité parmi les hommes' (1755), 'Du contrat social' (1762) and 'Émile ou De l’éducation' (1762). He was an influential representative of the Enlightenment. Use this tag with the [french-literature] tag.

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What is the meaning of a complex sentence from “The Hedgehog and the Fox”?

I'm new in English and I want to understand this sentence from Isaiah Berlin's The Hedgehog and the Fox: "Rousseau must have strengthened, if he did not actually originate, his growing tendency to ...
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Why is Rousseau saying that “[…] Russia was civilized too soon”?

In The Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau says [...] Russia will never be really civilized, because it was civilized too soon What is he referring to, when saying it was civilized too soon, ...