Jean-Jacques Rousseau considered his Emile, or On Education to be “the best and most important” of all of his writings. We invite papers examining various facets of Rousseau’s multi-faceted work. Emile is a demanding text that needs to be examined from a variety of angles. In addition to being an educational treatise, Emile contains some of Rousseau’s most important reflections on human nature, psychology and morality. Any of these topics are worthy of exploration, both with regard to what Rousseau argues in Emile itself or in relation to his other writings. The hybrid character of Emile as part treatise, part novel invites exploration of questions regarding genre, composition, and audience.
Proposals (title and short summary), in English or French, for papers of 20 minutes duration should be sent to the Program Director, Prof. Byron Wells.
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