Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Focus // Jean-Jacques Rousseau // Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Rousseau and the mechanisms of politics

The 300th anniversary of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, which Geneva celebrates this year, is a chance to reflect on history. Indeed, the eighteenth century saw the city rise to prominence as a centre for watchmaking, which goes some way to explaining the philosopher's ideas. In 2009, Geneva commemorated 500 years since the birth of John Calvin (1509-1564), the French theologian and...

Christophe Roulet

 
Jean-Jacques Rousseau // Tuesday, 29 May 2012

"Timepieces Signed Rousseau"*

For the 300th anniversary of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the Patek Philippe Museum, with the Comité Européen Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is organising Timepieces Signed Rousseau, an exhibition which opened on May 11th and will run until mid-October. It reminds us that "the family of the celebrated Genevan philosopher included a number of watchmakers and artisans in related domains, making...

Christophe Roulet

 
Jean-Jacques Rousseau // Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Rousseau, the "self-taught genius"

So much has been written about Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), it would be unrealistic to try to give even a glimpse. These two portraits offer some insight into ideas which have endured the centuries. "Writer, philosopher, musician, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a self-taught polymath and a man of genius. His works of literature, philosophy and music reveal an exceptional being, both a...

Christophe Roulet

 
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