Jean Jacques Rousseau Lecture

On contemporary social and environmental challenges

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778) was a French philosopher of the Enlightenment whose political ideas influenced the French Revolution and the development of socialist theory. In 1762 he published “Du Contrat Social,” a widely read tract in which he argued that society avoids the descent into barbarism by defining a contract among its members, setting out the rights and duties of all participants towards one another.

The Jean Jacques Rousseau Lecture focuses on contemporary social and environmental challenges.