Jean-Jacques Rousseau, enlightenment philosopher and founder of `natural education', is one of the most influential philosophers of education in the western world.
In order to fully understand Rousseau's impact as a true educational thinker, Jurgen Oelkers argues that we must take into account his paradoxical style, unique intellectual biography and his turbulent and unconventional way of life. Combining historical analysis and contemporary ethical theory, this text serves as both an introduction to Rousseau's theories of education and a critique of his views, and shows how Rousseau was a pioneer in exploring educational issues within the context of his own philosophical problems in order to present innovative solutions.
Jurgen Oelkers is Professor Emeritus of The University of Zurich, Switzerland. He is specialized in history of philosophy of education. Among his recent books is a study on John Dewey (2009).
Series Editor's Preface Foreword Preface Part I: Intellectual Biography 1. Citoyen de Geneve: Jean-Jacques Rousseau Part II: Critical Exposition of Rousseau's Work 2. Basic Ideas of Philosophy 3. Theory of Education 4. Variants and Contradictions Part III: The Reception and Influence of Rousseau's Work 5. The Reception of Rousseau's "Natural Education" Part IV: The Relevance of Rousseau's Work Today 6. Current Significance Bibliography Index