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The Age of Reason Rousseau and Voltaire Although Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire are two of the most well known French philisophes they had a strong hatred towards each other Rousseau believed to focus on the important principles of freedom which during The French Revolution the state is created to preserve This is contrast to Voltaire who thought that man could separate themselves from education and reason Its not unforeseen that Rousseau and Voltaire had many disagreements Rousseau was a very open-minded man and i tend to side with his ideas He believed man should be himself rather than someone else which sounds more rational than Voltaires naive themes disguised by jokes Rousseau showed more emotions and feelings into his work Man is born free and everywhere is in chains One man thinks himself the master of others but remains more of a slave than they are Rousseau in his legendary introductory line to his memoir The Social Contract wrote that man was effortlessly good but becomes immoral by the impact of human association He believed that every man was equal having his own character Rousseau was devoted to improving the quality of life of children and wrote Emile which was about education Due to his strong opinions Rousseau principles attempted to come up with a new form of government He claimed to favor democracy but also favored the belief that all people should have equal political social and economic rights The ideas of Rousseau got the French people thinking and examining their government These thoughts made a impressive influence both in art politics and even was a major reason for the start of the French revolution On the other hand Voltaire expressed Private misfortunes contributes to the general good so that the more private misfortunes there are the more we find that all is well Voltaires novels such as Zadig Candide and LIngenu contained ideas that are exaggerated yet disguised by humor
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