Philosophy Tea: Jean-Jacques Rousseau: A misunderstood philosopher?

  • Date: –16:00
  • Location: Reginateatern Trädgårdsgatan 6, Uppsala
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  • Organiser: Uppsala universitet i samarbete med Reginateatern
  • Contact person: Gisella Bengtsson
  • Phone: 0704250608
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This spring Professor Peter Wallensteen and Lecturer Daniel Ogden will continue their popular Philosophy Tea talks.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau: A misunderstood philosopher?

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) was, and still is, a controversial thinker. He has been blamed for the excesses of the French Revolution and preparing the way for twentieth-century totalitarianism. But is this a fair assessment of Rousseau? In order to try to answer this question, our philosophy tea will focus on Rousseau’s first important philosophical work, Discourse on the Arts and Sciences (1750), in which he first set forth his ideas on the natural goodness of humankind and how it has been corrupted by civilization. These ideas would play an important role in the development of his later, more mature political philosophy, and give rise to much of the controversy surrounding his name. By re-examining Rousseau’s ideas on nature and society, we hope to shed light not only on the impact he had on Enlightenment and Romantic thinking, but also what relevance he might have for us today.

Ticket price 100 kr, Students 30 kr, Senior Citizen 80 kr (including fees)

Each Philosophy Tea session lasts one hour, with the final twenty minutes being reserved for an open discussion with the audience. The sessions are run in English.
Tea and scones will be served. All welcome.


Next Philosophy tea session will be held on the 12th of February and the 20th of March.