PHILOSOPHER

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, 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 and The Social Contract are cornerstones in modern political and social thought. Rousseau's sentimental novel Julie, or the New Heloise (1761) was important to the development of preromanticism and romanticism in fiction. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean-Jacques Rousseau has received more than 7,678,618 page views. His biography is available in 146 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 141 in 2019). Jean-Jacques Rousseau is the 9th most popular philosopher, the most popular biography from Switzerland and the most popular 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

Among philosophers, Jean-Jacques Rousseau ranks 9 out of 1,081Before him are Socrates, Confucius, Pythagoras, René Descartes, Gautama Buddha, and Immanuel Kant. After him are Avicenna, John Locke, Niccolò Machiavelli, Friedrich Nietzsche, Francis Bacon, and Augustine of Hippo.

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Contemporaries

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, Joanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp, Sayat-Nova, Jacques Claude Marie Vincent de Gournay, Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, Pauline Félicité de Mailly-Nesle, Francesco Algarotti, and Tokugawa Ieshige. Among people deceased in 1778, Jean-Jacques Rousseau ranks 1After him are Voltaire, Carl Linnaeus, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Anna Maria Mozart, Laura Bassi, James Hargreaves, Louis Victor, Prince of Carignano, Thomas Arne, Étienne-Gabriel Morelly, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, and Alvise Giovanni Mocenigo.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Jean-Jacques Rousseau ranks 1 out of 876After him are Leonhard Euler (1707), Le Corbusier (1887), Paracelsus (1493), Carl Jung (1875), Jean Piaget (1896), Henry Dunant (1828), Ferdinand de Saussure (1857), Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746), Jean-Paul Marat (1743), Sepp Blatter (1936), and Paul Klee (1879).

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), Emil Brunner (1889), Denis de Rougemont (1906), Jean Ziegler (1934), Jean Vanier (1928), Jean Starobinski (1920), Emer de Vattel (1714), Edmond Privat (1889), and Karl Ludwig von Haller (1768).