Jean-Jacques Rousseau

1712 - 1778

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (UK: , US: French: [ʒɑ̃ ʒak ʁuso]; 28 June 1712 – 2 July 1778) was a Genevan philosopher (philosophe), writer, and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Age of Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic, and educational thought. His Discourse on Inequality, which argues that private property is the source of inequality, and The Social Contract, which outlines the basis for a legitimate political order, are cornerstones in modern political and social thought. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Jacques Rousseau has received more than 9,497,061 page views. His biography is available in 150 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 146 in 2019). Jean-Jacques Rousseau is the 10th most popular philosopher (down from 9th in 2019), the most popular biography from Switzerland and the most popular Swiss Philosopher.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau was a philosopher and writer who is most famous for his work on the social contract and his ideas on inequality.

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Among philosophers, Jean-Jacques Rousseau ranks 10 out of 1,267Before him are Gautama Buddha, Pythagoras, Confucius, René Descartes, Immanuel Kant, and Avicenna. After him are Niccolò Machiavelli, Friedrich Nietzsche, Augustine of Hippo, Heraclitus, Thales of Miletus, and Francis Bacon.

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Among people born in 1712, Jean-Jacques Rousseau ranks 1After him are Frederick the Great, Count of St. Germain, Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine, Francesco Guardi, Sayat-Nova, Joanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp, Pauline Félicité de Mailly-Nesle, Charles-Michel de l'Épée, Tokugawa Ieshige, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, and Francesco Algarotti. Among people deceased in 1778, Jean-Jacques Rousseau ranks 1After him are Carl Linnaeus, Voltaire, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Laura Bassi, Anna Maria Mozart, James Hargreaves, Louis Victor, Prince of Carignano, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, Étienne-Gabriel Morelly, Thomas Arne, and Alvise Giovanni Mocenigo.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Jean-Jacques Rousseau ranks 1 out of 1,015After him are Leonhard Euler (1707), Le Corbusier (1887), Paracelsus (1493), Henry Dunant (1828), Carl Jung (1875), Jean Piaget (1896), Ferdinand de Saussure (1857), Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746), Sepp Blatter (1936), Huldrych Zwingli (1484), and Jean-Paul Marat (1743).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In Switzerland

Among philosophers born in Switzerland, Jean-Jacques Rousseau ranks 1After him are Benjamin Constant (1767), Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821), Frithjof Schuon (1907), Denis de Rougemont (1906), Jean Vanier (1928), Emer de Vattel (1714), Tariq Ramadan (1962), and Karl Ludwig von Haller (1768).