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Unformatted text preview: Romanticism disestablished the rationalist view of the universe as a machine with the analogue of an "organic" image, a living tree or mankind itself. Rousseau was very self indulged, but he has weakness and inconsistency, in that he alludes to telling us all his secrets about himself in his writings. He describes himself as a natural phenomenon, which is what romantics of the time gave greater attention to describing. He says he is a natural phenomenon, but at the same time is also interested in people being natural, which also alludes to the romanticism idea. A common theme of romanticism is Passion. Rousseau had this in himself and his views. Rousseau felt that a certain kinds of passion where necessary for a healthy political society. Much of Rousseau`s writings about political matters do not implicitly speak about passion, such as his writings on passion, but you can get a sense of how greatly he beholds his philosophical political views....
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