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|Abstract||One of Rousseau’s last writings, Dialogues. Rousseau juge de J.-J. (Dialogues. Rousseau, judge of J.-J.) has long been viewed as evidence of his paranoia. It consists of three dialogues between a character named “Rousseau” and one identified as “Frenchman” who discuss the bad reputation and works of an author named “Jean-Jacques”. Rousseau sought to justify his entire career and undertook his most comprehensive reflection on himself as an author, his books, and his audience.|
|Category||Le français dans le miroir des langues|
|Keywords||Rousseau; La profession de foi du vicaire savoyard; conscience; emotivity|
|Abstract||La profession de foi du vicaire savoyard [The Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar] is one of Rousseau’s most important reflections on human nature, psychology andmorality, and apart from analyzing the arguments of the profession, questions arise from its semi-detached character about the relation of the Profession to Emile as a whole. The hybrid character of Emile — part a treatise, part a novel — invites an exploration of questions regarding genre, composition, and audience. Rousseau was a successful composer of music, who wrote seven operas as well as music in other forms, and made contributions to music as a theorist. In my opinion, Profession is a musical text, which is based on emotion. The main difficulty of Rousseauian theory of the conscience lies in the reports which it maintains with reason; Jean- Jacques Rousseau challenges this interpretation explicitly: conscience is a feeling.|
|Keywords||Rousseau, fiction, self-knowledge, philosophy, literature|
|Abstract||From the beginning of his career in The First Discourse to the end in Reveries of the Solitary Walker, Rousseau makes it clear that the problem of self-knowledge is a central theme in his writings. How is self-knowledge possible? Can it be a valid subject of enquiry for philosophy or literature? How can autobiography be an authentic instrument between philosophy and fiction?|
|Keywords||J.-J. Rousseau, autobiography, language, testimony, fiction, imagination|
|Abstract||The unstable genre of Rousseau's Reverie set in motion a movement between biography and narration, testimony and poetic fiction in the wake of Montaigne. In his Reverie, Rousseau builds up a space where he is composed by refraction and displacement. The autobiographical process of writing is a kind of dialectical process between the subject writing about himself and the grammatical person that pertains to language.|