His Thought and its Relevance Today
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This book, first published in 1969, is a detailed consideration of Rousseau’s ideas on education, and an examination of how they grew out of his own experiences in childhood. With particular reference to the Confessions and Emile, this book emphasises the practical application of Rousseau’s theories and traces them through each stage of education. Professor Dobinson clearly analyses Rousseau’s views on the general upbringing of children from early infancy to late adolescence, and on the teaching of such subjects as science, history and religion. This book demonstrates throughout the relevance of Rousseau’s thought to the fundamental issues in contemporary education.
Table of Contents
1. Why the Life History of Jean-Jacques Rousseau is Important 2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Childhood and Education 3. Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Early Adolescence 4. Later Adolescence and Early Wanderings 5. Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Other Sex 6. The Life-long Ill-Health of Jean-Jacques Rousseau 7. Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Music 8. Denis Diderot, the Encyclopedia and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Vision 9. The Development of the Vision 10. Prelude to Emile: Julie, or the New Héloïse 11. Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Final Religious Views 12. The Infancy of Émile 13. Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Educational Ideas for Children Below the Age of Twelve 14. Education in the Junior Secondary School Stage 15. The Period which Jean-Jacques Rousseau Calls Adolescence (1) Religious Education and Becoming ‘Good’ 16. The Period which Jean-Jacques Rousseau Calls Adolescence (2) Learning From History 17. Finding Émile a Wife