Radasanu, Andrea M., 1973-
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Political Science
Philosophy; Political science
Jean-Jacques Rousseau gives Plutarch's Parallel Lives a prominent role in his treatise on education, Emile. In many ways, this decision is perplexing because Plutarch's teachings concerning virtue and vice seem to pose a direct threat to Rousseau's educational regimen which aims to produce a natural, whole, and sincere man. However, upon closer examination, there is evidence that suggests that Rousseau fully recognizes how Plutarch's writings can threaten his program, which leads him to institute several innovative changes to how the Parallel Lives is administered in the Emile. Namely, the natural man is only allowed to be exposed to a few, heavily edited individual biographies, in order to ensure that he is inoculated from wanting to be anyone but himself. These distinct changes have powerful effects on the manner in which the natural man lives in society with his fellows.
McCormick, Nathan Richard, "Rousseau's plutarchism" (2018). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 4787.
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