Truth-seeking was a main point of focus for Dr. Jason Neidleman when he submitted a paper for the Revisiting Emile conference hosted by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, June 27-29, 2013. The University of La Verne political science professor also attended the three day conference.
“Emile,” written by Genevan Philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau more than 250 years ago, was one of his best writings, but has not received much attention from scholars.
Seen as “part educational treatise, part work of moral psychology and part novel,” “Emile” contains reflections on human nature, psychology and morality. Neidleman, whose primary research focuses on Rousseau, centered his paper on how to read the text as a guide to “truth-seeking.”
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