Jean - JeanJacquesRousseau(17121778)

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) An eclectic Swiss-French thinker who brought his own approach to the Enlightenment,  believing that man was at his best when unshackled by the conventions of society.  Rousseau’s epic  The Social Contract  (1762) conceived of a system of direct democracy  in which all citizens contribute to an overarching “general will” that serves everyone at  once. Later in his life, Rousseau released  Confessions  (1789), which brought a  previously unheard-of degree of personal disclosure to the genre of autobiography. The  frank personal revelations and emotional discussions were a major cause for the shift  toward Romanticism. Adam Smith (1723–1790) An influential Scottish economist who objected to the stifling  mercantilist  systems that  were in place during the late eighteenth century. In response, Smith wrote the seminal  Wealth of Nations
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