Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Read What's New Join
Faith
Writers
Forum
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Read Our Devotional             2016 Opportunities to be Published             Detailed Navigation

The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!




 
History PLEASE ENCOURAGE
AUTHOR BY COMMENTING


  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE AS A MEMBER OR ANONYMOUSLY
  SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
The Friendship of Hume and Rousseau
by Terry Barlow
07/21/14
Free to Share
Author requests article critique


  Mail
 





   I learned recently that the Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume of the 18th Century befriended Jean Jacques Rousseau,  the French philosopher whose ideas helped to fuel the French Revolution. Hume was home-schooled (Hume-schooled, sorry couldn't resist!) by the way, and came, through his belief in skepticism, to even doubt that there was such an entity as a self, much less a God, but chose instead to think of himself as a bundle of loosely-joined perceptions. From Rousseau among others we received the doctrine of the basic goodness of man who was contaminated only by the corruption of society, hence his belief in the “noble savage’ who in his remote location was untainted by the socialization process in society.  Rousseau thought that a democracy was in urgent need of every man's inherent wisdom!   Hume brought his new friend Rousseau back to England where the two had a falling out, with Rousseau falling prey to paranoia and accusing Hume of plotting against him. That resulted in the two of them feuding in public and openly denouncing each other. (Reminiscent of the tragic relationship between the two supremely talented painters, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin) These were two of the most brilliant minds of their times attempting to guide the ideas and philosophical/political views of their respective societies to a more “enlightened” state, but who couldn’t hold together their own friendship or, in Rousseau’s case, his own personal grip on reality.  (Psychosis is indeed the "ultimate autonomy.")  There’s some irony to be found in that fact.



PLEASE ENCOURAGE AUTHOR, LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE AS A MEMBER OR ANONYMOUSLY

Read more articles by Terry Barlow or search for other articles by topic below.




Read more by clicking on a link:
Free Reprints
Main Site Articles
Most Read Articles
Highly Acclaimed Challenge Articles.
New Release Christian Books for Free for a Simple Review.

God is Not Against You - He Came on an All Out Rescue Mission to Save You


...in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them... 2 Cor 5:19

Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Acts 13:38

LEARN & TRUST JESUS HERE

The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 111 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date




TRUST JESUS TODAY











Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com