Rousseau: The Father of Romanticism and Totalitarian Democracy
The counter-cultural voice of the Enlightenment Era, Jean Jacques Rousseau was the father of both the Romantic Movement and the French Revolution. An object of derision among philosophes, Rousseau was apotheosized by the Germans, including the champions of the movement known as Sturm und Drang. His seminal ideas literally came to define the intellectual horizons of such giants as Kant, Goethe, Hegel, and Marx. On a more nefarious note, Rousseau is also to be understood as the source of that oxymoronic political recipe known as “totalitarian democracy.”
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Michael A. Soupios is a professor of political science and philosophy at Long Island University Post and an adjunct professor of political philosophy and American government at the Webb Institute. He holds doctorates in philosophy of education from SUNY Buffalo, political philosophy from Fordham University, and is a Doctor of Ministry from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception. He has authored several books and is currently working on a manuscript titled Profiles of Power: Philosopher-Kings, Princes, and Supermen.