"The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless" Finely Bound Set of Jean Jacques Rousseau's Emile

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Emile Ou De L’Education (Emile, Or Treatise on Education).


Item Number: 3528


Octavo, 4 volumes. Contemporary full leather. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In very good condition.

"To be good is to exist in accordance with the intrinsic potentialities of one’s nature, and Émile seeks to trace the natural development of a human being brought up in the country away from the nefarious influence of contemporary social life. From this point of view the work is not just a manual of education but, as Rousseau himself points out, a philosophical treatise on the goodness of human nature. It is less concerned with laying down the practical details of a specific pedagogic method than with describing the fundamental principles which underlie the whole of man’s development from infancy to maturity. Rousseau’s ultimate object is to teach the art of living, for man’s first duty, he says, is to be human" (The Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

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