Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Great Regulars: Personal experience starts to take on a significance

it never had for Plato or Descartes. What matters now is less objective truth than truth-to-self--a passionate conviction that one's identity is uniquely precious, and that expressing it as freely and richly as possible is a sacred duty. In this belief, [Jean-Jacques] Rousseau is a forerunner not only of the Romantics, but of the liberals, existentialists and spiritual individualists of modern times.

from Terry Eagleton: The Guardian: What would Rousseau make of our selfish age?


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