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Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva Switzerland in 1712 His mother died one week after his birth and his father a Geneva watchmaker was exiled from Geneva due to an ill-judged dual Jean-Jacque was brought up with his cousin until the time came for him to be apprenticed to an engraver He thought this vocation to be intolerable and moved to Turin France where he became acquainted with some philosophers of the French Enlightenment Rousseau finally found his true calling which was a writer and a man of letters Rousseau found relationships with people to be difficult and he described himself as a man whose life could best be understood by his feelings In Confessions Rousseau reveals his inner thoughts on all situations of his life including the alienation of his children the conversion from Catholicism to Protestantism his resentment towards Francois Marie Arouet De Voltaire and his fleeing from FranceFirst around 1750 Rousseau tries to justify the placing of his five children in an orphanage He considers the fate of his children and his relationship with their mother He feels that if he rears them they will become workers and peasants instead of adventurers and fortune hunters He wants them to become educated far away from his fathers fate Later he wishes that he could have raised and nurtured his children instead of the orphanage He states that he is not too proud to do what is best for his childrenSecond Rousseau leaves Geneva in 1754 for France he converts from Protestantism to Catholicism the religion of his newly adopted country He later visits Geneva and surrenders entirely to patriotic zeal and ashamed of being excluded from his rights as a citizen decides to publicly return to Protestantism He considered that everything to do with form and discipline in each country belonged to the province of the law therefore if the law was Protestantism then all citizens should convert to Protestantism He
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