Theorist:
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Theory:
The State of Natural Man


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Description:
Rousseau’s philosophy of is not concerned with particular techniques of imparting information and concepts, but rather with developing the pupil’s character and moral sense, so that he may learn to practice self-mastery and remain virtuous even in the unnatural and imperfect society in which he will have to live. Rousseau contended that man is by nature good and that society and civilization corrupt the native goodness. Only through proper education can the “natural man” come to exist.


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