My Early life• I was Born on June 28, 1712 in Geneva, Switzerland as the second child of Suzanne Bernard and Isaac Rousseau. Nine days later my mother died.• At the age of ten, my father ﬂed Geneva to avoid imprisonment. Rousseau stays in Geneva in the charge of his mothers relations.• I spent a short time training to be a pastor, before leaving to have my own career in music and arts.
...Continued• Soon after I became a tutor, and moved to Lyon. This my ﬁrst exposure to the French Enlightenment.• In 1743 I meet Therese le Vasseur. We had ﬁve children but I didn’t marry until later in my life.• I came in contact with Denis Diderot as well as d’Alembert. I shared with him my new system of musical notation, and they helped write the Encyclopédie.
Social Contract • I wrote this book in 1762. Its about how I think is best to run a social community. • My book portrays the relationship between people and their governments. How the government should work for the people • It helped inspire political reforms and revolutions. • I also discuss that Monarchs don’t have the right to “divinely rule”.
My Writings... • I wrote a number of books, of which including operas. • Some of my works are: Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts, the Village Soothsayer, Heloise, Confessions and The Social Contract.
Ideas• I believed that the government was a very tricky subject. Governments have to be leveled out.• I believed that governments success can be measured by the extent to which its population thrives, meaning that the government has to work for the people and it has to adapt to for the people.• I also believe that understanding our connection to nature is important to a good education.
Who opposed him? • Many people were opposed to my writings, and my opinions such as the church, and rulers. • In 1762, I was driven into exile to Switzerland and England for opposing the church. • My book, Social Contract opposed the Catholic Churchs and it was in the “index of forbidden books” and an order went out for my arrest. • 1767 I ﬂed from England, returning to France where he was still wanted by the law. • The next year I died at the age of sixty-six.
Notes• I give to the government in order to maintain order and protection of rights.