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Rousseauism (the term was not used at the time) is a defining concept covering theoretical ideas and ideals of practical living developed in the Enlightenment largely on the basis of the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778). Rousseau built a considerable portion of the ideological foundation of western modernity. Even during his lifetime, reference to him personally and to his work had become…

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Eckert, Georg, “Rousseauism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 25 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026827>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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