Should Jean-Jacques Rousseau Be Burned?

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a well-known philosopher and author during the 18th century. He was criticized intensely by citizens and authorities of France because his pieces of work sparked much social critique. Many people thought that Rousseau’s writings were so controversial that even his own pastor denounced him and conducted people of the city to stone Rousseau and his home. Not to long after, the authorities decided that Rousseau should be arrested and his book, “The Social Contract” should be burned. The main thing that these actions say about the 18th centuries thoughts on socially critical works, is that people didn’t think that anything was wrong. People were not open to the idea that things that are considered ordinary, might not
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